What is United Nations?
Representatives of the 26 allied nations sign the declaration of the United Nations in Washington DC, USA. Photo credit: UN Photo/archives
Out of the Ashes:
After the end of the second world war, fifty-one countries assembled to host a series of meetings to deliberate on a peaceful way forward as mankind. The reasoning behind this meeting was to avoid the pain and suffering and loss of human life because of war.
So these countries agreed to create an international organisation that would be the forum for the peaceful resolution of differences and dialogue on a common way forward for humanity.
On 24 October 1945, the San Francisco Charter entered into force and the United Nations officially began its work.
"We the peoples of these United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetimes have brought untold pain and sorrow to mankind ..."
The Essential UN
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UN Feeds more than 80 million people
Provides vaccines for more than 3 million children around the world.
Deploys 117, 000 peacekeepers in 15 missions around the globe
Did you know?
The land that UN Headquarters occupies was bought using money from a donation
US philanthropist John Rockefeller Jr. took an interest in United Nations and made a generous donation to the newly formed organisation. That money was used to purchase the land that today is the address of the complex housing the Dag Hammarskjold Library, the Secretariat and other Principal Organs.
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Structure of UN
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All humans are born equal in dignity and rights. UN works to promote and protect the human rights of every person. The UDHR outlines our fundamental rights .
Peace and Security
"A brilliant improvisation" is the way Louise Frechette described the UN's adaption to include peacekeeping and peace-building in its functions. Today it is one of its most critical functions.
Rule of Law
UN works within an International Framework to bring those to justice to commit crimes against humanity and to resolve international issues between its Member States.
UN is central to the global action to urgently take action to address the impact of climate change brought about by human activity and to encourage action to implement COP.