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United Nations
Flag of the United Nations
Flag
Emblem of the United Nations
Emblem
Motto: It's your world!
Administrative Centers.
United Nations HQ, New York City, New England Republic
Official languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Government
-Secretary General
Intergovernmental organization
Flag of the East Asian Federation Ban Ki-Moon
Establishment: June 26, 1945 (UN Charter)
Affiliated IGOs: WHO
WFP
UNICEF
ICC


The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights and achieving world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries and to provide a platform for dialogue.

There are currently 149 member states, including nearly every recognized independent state in the world. From its headquarters on international territory in New York City, the UN and its specialized agencies decide on substantive and administrative issues in regular meetings held throughout the year. The organization is divided into administrative bodies, primarily:

  • The United Nations Council (UNC) (mainly deals with peace, security, and matters of high importance within the UN)
  • The General Assembly (the main deliberative assembly);
  • The Economic and Social Council (assists in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development);
  • The Secretariat (provides studies, information and facilities needed by the UN);
  • The International Court of Justice (the primary judicial organ).

Additional bodies deal with the governance of all other UN System agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The UN's most visible public figure is the Secretary-General, currently Ban Ki-moon of the East Asian Federation, who attained the post in 2007. The organization is financed from assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states, and has six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

United Nations Council[]

United Nations HQ

United Nations Headquarters in New York City

Permanent members[]

These members have the right to vote.

Permanent special members[]

Floating members[]

These members have the right to deliberate and participate, however, not vote.

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Rwanda
  • Luxembourg
  • South Korea
  • Azerbaijan
  • Guatemala
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Togo

Agencies[]

  • Food and Agriculture Organization
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • International Civil Aviation Organization
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • International Labour Organization
  • International Maritime Organization
  • International Monetary Fund
  • International Telecommunication Union
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Universal Postal Union
  • World Bank
  • World Food Programme
  • World Health Organization
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • World Tourism Organization


Meetings[]

Meetings take place at the United Nations' Headquarters in New York City, New York, New England, or in Geneva, (Canton of) Geneva, Switzerland.

See Also[]

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