|Headquarters||New York City (international territory)|
|Membership||193 member states|
2 observer states
|Amina J. Mohammed|
|Dang Dinh Quy|
• UN Charter signed
|26 June 1945|
• Charter entered into force
|24 October 1945|
The United Nations (UN) is an organization between countries established on 24 October 1945 to promote international cooperation. It was founded to replace the League of Nations following World War II and to prevent another conflict. When it was founded, the UN had 51 members, but there are now 193. Most nations are members of the UN and send diplomats to the headquarters to hold meetings and make decisions about global issues.
The goals of the United Nations are:
- To keep world peace.
- To help countries get along.
- To improve living conditions for people all over the world.
- And to make the world a better place.
History[change | change source]
After World War I, the nations of the world formed the League of Nations. The organization was a place where nations could talk through their differences calmly. However, some countries like Germany, Italy, and Japan ignored the League and tried to solve their problems through war. Members of the League of Nations did not want to go to war to protect other members and so it failed. World War II soon started.
The Allies of World War II often called themselves "the United Nations" since they were united against the Axis Powers. After the war, the winners formed a new organization for world peace. On 25 April 1945 in San Francisco, they decided on the name '"United Nations". In June, they signed the United Nations Charter and decided how the organization would work. The UN was created on 24 October 1945, and its first meeting was held in January 1946. Since 1947 24 October has been called “United Nations Day”. The only country whose flag is modelled after the United Nations is Somalia.
Headquarters[change | change source]
Activity[change | change source]
The UN's main buildings in New York City, but the UN also has important offices in Geneva, Switzerland; Nairobi,Kenya; and Vienna, Austria). The UN tries to be peaceful, but when talks do not work, unlike the League of Nations, the UN will sometimes fight. In the 1950s the UN helped South Korea in a war against North Korea, and in the 1990s, the UN helped to force Iraqi soldiers out of Kuwait. At other times, the UN has formed peacekeeping forces in which UN peacekeepers travel to troubled places in the world and try to keep the peace, but that only sometimes works. Today there are UN peacekeepers working in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Haiti, Liberia, and several other countries.
by a series of goals, resolutions and declarations adopted by member nations of the United Nations, the world has a set of commitments, actions, and goals to stop and reverse the spread of HIV and scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care. and support services.
Divisions[change | change source]
The United Nations has six "principal organs":
|UN General Assembly
- Deliberative assembly of all UN member states (each country has one vote)
- Administrative organ of the UN
|International Court of Justice|
- Universal court for international law (based in The Hague)
|UN Security Council
For international security issues
|UN Economic and Social Council
For global economical and social affairs-
|UN Trusteeship Council|
Administered trust territories (currently inactive)
There are also so-called special agencies of the United Nations, Some of them are older than the United Nations. Here are a few of them:
- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- The World Health Organization (WHO)
- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- The International Labour Organization (ILO)
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Official Languages Archived 12 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine, www.un.org. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- "Introduction to the United Nations". United Nations. 2011 [last update]. Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2011. Check date values in:
- Tittemore, Brian D. "Belligerents in blue helmets: applying international humanitarian law to United Nations peace operations." Stan. J. Int'l L. 33 (1997): 61.
- Charter of the United Nations - Chapter III (Organs)