8-9 May- Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War,

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The historical event that established the conditions for the creation of the UN

By resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004, the UN General Assembly declared 8–9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation. While recognizing that the Member States may have individual days of victory, liberation, and commemoration, invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations System, NGOs, and individuals to observe either one or both of these days annually in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the 2nd World War.

The Assembly stressed that this historic event established the conditions for the creation of the UN, designed to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and called upon the Member States to unite their efforts in dealing with new challenges and threats, with the United Nations playing a central role, and to make every effort to settle all disputes by peaceful means in conformity with the Charter of the UN and such a manner that international peace and security are not endangered.


On 2 March 2010, by resolution 64/257, the General Assembly invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations, and individuals to observe 8-9 May appropriately to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War. A special solemn meeting of the General Assembly in commemoration of all victims of the war was held in the second week of May 2010, marking the sixty-fifth anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

During the commemoration, the Secretary-General called the Second World War “one of the most epic struggles for freedom and liberation in history,” adding that “its cost was beyond calculation, beyond comprehension: 40 million civilians dead; 20 million soldiers, nearly half of those in the Soviet Union alone.”

In resolution 69/267, the General Assembly recalled that the Second World War “brought untold sorrow to humankind, particularly in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and other parts of the world.” It underlined “the progress made since the end of the Second World War in overcoming its legacy and promoting reconciliation, international and regional cooperation and democratic values, human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular through the United Nations, and the establishment of regional and subregional organizations and other appropriate frameworks.”