Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 29, 2020
On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), Canada is celebrating our nation's role as a founding member and a contributor to world peace with its 2020 $1 circulation coin.
Canada was one of 51 countries which founded the United Nations in October 1945. As one of the most “international” organizations in the world of the day, Rotary played an active role in the drafting of the United Nations Charter in 1945 in San Francisco.
Today, there are 193 member states—almost all the world nations. The core goals of the United Nations Charter are to maintain peace and international security and to develop amicable relations between nations.
Canada remains committed to the principles outlined in the UN Charter. The Charter represents a pledge between Member States to work together to resolve conflicts, promote development, champion human rights and maintain peace.
Rotary, as well, and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.
Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies. The Rotary Representative Network maintains and furthers its relationship with several UN bodies, programs, commissions, and agencies.
Throughout its history, Rotary International has collaborated with the United Nations and other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to improve the human condition.
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are fully aligned with Rotary’s six areas of focus -- Peace and conflict prevention/resolution; Disease prevention and treatment; Water and sanitation; Maternal and child health; Basic education and literacy; Economic and community development.
A $1 circulation coin that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) and its Charter. The design reflects Canada's pride in our contributions to the founding of the UN, its milestones, and the continuing promotion of international peace.
The reverse is dated "1945-2020" to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and its Charter with an olive branch wreath, representing the UN, paired with a maple leaf to symbolize Canada's commitment to the UN and its values.