UN delegates and staff are invited to come take to Westport, Connecticut for the 52nd Annual Celebration of jUNe Day on Saturday, June 24 -- a very special event honoring the United Nations and bringing U.S. and international officials together in peace and friendship.
This unique annual jUNe Day event was established in 1965 by the late Ruth Steinkraus Cohen, private secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt and founder of the United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut, in observance of the signing of the UN charter on June 26th, 1945.
The Day’s main purpose is to promote world peace and international understanding through friendly interaction between UN visitors and their Connecticut hosts. The event is the actual embodiment of the goal of “working together for peace, freedom and justice”.
Each year on this day – the last Saturday in June – more than 300 United Nations staff and representatives from governments around the world, along with their families, interact with local families from Fairfield County in a variety of unique activities. We demonstrate good will, and put an actual face on who Americans are, dispelling notions which often only come from two-dimensional depictions in movies and on TV. It puts an American face on things and in fact is person-to-person diplomacy in its purest sense.
Think of it as a 2017 version of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 when all combatants put down their weapons and experienced interaction and good will. In the spirit of brotherhood we welcome our international guests into our community. They have free access to events all over our historic town including Earthplace, our nature center; our public Compo Beach on Long Island Sound and the individual town pools on the seaside at Longshore Park.
Also taking place are sporting and recreational events, including a soccer match between the UN team and our local Westport Knights, a tennis tournament and an organized day of golf at Westport’s community owned Longshore Golf Course.
With heroic resolve, restaurants throughout the area contribute breakfast and lunch served by local volunteers at Saugatuck School to all who attend.
At 10:30 a.m. there is a brief welcoming ceremony at the School with UN Senior officials and many political leaders, including Connecticut’s U.S. Senators. We cordially invite UN delegations and UN Secretariat and agency staff to join in your choice of the Day’s activities.