Flags of International Organizations

The United Nations

The United Nations Flag is flown with the National Flag of Canada on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on United Nations Day, October 24, and by special arrangement on other occasions including visits to Ottawa by the Secretary General of the United Nations or his representative (Figure 30).

The United Nations Flag
Figure 30

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NATO is Canada's first peacetime military alliance, placing the nation in a defensive military arrangement with the United States, the nations of Western Europe, and Turkey. The treaty was signed on April 4, 1949. There is no specific day when the NATO Flag is flown (Figure 31).


Figure 31

The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Flag consists of the Commonwealth Symbol in gold on a blue background. The symbol consists of a radial grating forming the letter "C" surrounding a circular solid on which are superimposed five latitudinal and five longitudinal lines to represent the globe. The Symbol is centred on the rectangle and the dimensions of the rectangle are 2:1.

There is no significance in the number of rays and they do not seek to represent the number of countries within the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Symbol was registered with The Patent Office in the United Kingdom under the Trade Marks Act, 1938 on the 26th March 1976, and internationally with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Switzerland.

The Commonwealth Secretariat has decided on Blue Pantone 287 and Yellow Pantone 108 to describe the colours of the Commonwealth Flag.