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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 it's 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 ..."

Preamble to the
Charter of the United Nations

Purpose:

  • Maintain International Peace and Security
  • Develop friendly relations among nations
  • Achieve international cooperation in solving international problems
  • To be the centre for harmonising global actions

The Essential UN

Take a moment to learn about United Nations

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 Hammarksjold Library, the Secretariat and other Principal Organs .

photo credit: UN Photo

Structure of UN

General Assembly

  • Main deliberative Organ
  • All member States participate in decision making - based on consensus.

Trusteeship Council

  • Focuses on self-governance or decolonization of overseas territories

Security Council

  • Focuses on maintaining global Peace and Security
  • 10 elected and five permanent members

International Court of Justice

  • Focuses on justice for crimes against humanity

Economic and Social Council

  • Focuses on Development 
  • Includes UN special Agencies, Programmes and Funds

Secretariat

  • Carries out the administrative work of the Organisation
photos credit: UN Photo

Human Rights

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 it's 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.

Climate Change

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 

Contact

Email: unic.portofspain@unic.org 

Telephone: 1(868) 623 8438 or 623 4813

Fax: 1 (868) 623 4332 

Address: 

2nd Floor Bretton Hall, 16 Victoria Avenue, 

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

 

 

 

Feature photos

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