70 years ago, as World War II still raged in the Pacific, leaders from 50 nations convened in our hometown of San Francisco to create the United Nations. Their charter envisioned a world in which humanity could “live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.”
Many people may not know, but several delegates arrived in the city seventy years ago only to find themselves without a place to sleep. There was no room left for them at local hotels. But the people of San Francisco rose to the occasion and opened their homes and hearts to these delegates.
Today Airbnb hosts in over 190 countries and over 34,000 cities open their doors to half a million global visitors every night, serving as ambassadors of their countries and cultures. And as people around the world have opened up their homes, barriers of mistrust have been replaced with new friendships between people of every culture, background, and belief.
We are proud and honored to have served as a co-host of the 70th anniversary commemorations in San Francisco last week and to have joined the important discussions around critical issues including the launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, designed to lift a billion people out of extreme poverty, create jobs, and advance human rights. Through its ongoing support of the UN Foundation, Airbnb will support these critical efforts and engage the Airbnb global community in areas like sustainability and the need for action on climate change at the UN Climate Summit in Paris in December.
The ongoing work of the UN belongs to all of us. We in the Airbnb community are committed to doing our part, and we hope you will join us. Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals and ways to engage here.