Flag of the United Nations

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United Nations
Proportion2:3 or 3:5[1]
AdoptedDecember 7, 1946
DesignA white UN emblem (a polar azimuthal equidistant projection world map surrounded by two olive branches) on a blue background.
Designed byDonal McLaughlin (emblem only)

The flag of the United Nations was created on December 7, 1946, and is made up of the official emblem of the United Nations in white on a blue background. It was designed by Donal McLaughlin.[2][3]

The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people and the countries of the world.

White and blue are the official colours of the United Nations.

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  1. or using the same proportions of the national flag of whatever country it is flown in, with the emblem being centred and one half of the hoist.
  2. Bertram, Hulen. "Origin of the UNO Seal", The New York Times, March 10, 1946. Accessed January 4, 2009.
  3. Lyons, Catherine. "UN Logo Designer Celebrates His Centennial" Archived 2008-10-10 at the Wayback Machine, United Nations Association, c. 1975. Accessed January 4, 2009.