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United Nations emblem EMBLEM

   

Description: 

The current United Nations emblem was approved on 7 December 1946. The design is "a map of the world representing an azimuthal equidistant projection centred on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree, in gold on a field of smoke-blue with all water areas in white. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles".

Symbolism: 

Olive branches symbolize peace. The world map depicts the area of concern to the United Nations in achieving its main purpose, peace and security.

Use: 

The use of the emblem is restricted, based on General Assembly resolution 92(I),1946, Regulations for the control and limitation of documents, and Use of the United Nations emblem on documents and publications.

       

United Nations flag FLAG

   

Date: 

20 October 1947

Description: 

The official emblem of the United Nations in white, centered on a light blue ground.(PMS 279)

Proportions: 

Hoist (width) : Fly (length) 2:3 or 3:5 or the same proportions as the national flag of any country in which the UN flag is flown; the emblem is one half of the hoist and is entirely centered.

Use: 

The use of the flag is regulated by the United Nations flag code and regulations.

Bibliographic References 
     

UN Documents

A/107 (1946)
Official seal and emblem of the United Nations. Report of the Secretary-General. 15 Oct. 1946. 4p. 
A/C.6/75 (1946)
Proposed revision of the United Nations emblem. Drawing. 18 Nov. 1946. 1p. 
A/C.6/SR.21 (1946)
Summary record of the 21st meeting : Sixth Committee, held on Wednesday, 20 Nov.1946, Lake Success, New York. Issued in GAOR, 1st sess., 2nd pt. Sixth Committee, Summary record of meetings, 2 Nov. to 13 Dec. 1946. p.100. 
A/C.6/75/Rev.1 (1946)
Sixth Committee. Proposed United Nations emblem. (2nd rev.) Drawing. 26 Nov. 1946. 1p. 
A/C.6/SR.25(1946)
Summary record of the 25th meeting : Sixth Committee, held on Saturday, 30 Nov.1946, Lake Success, New York. Issued in GAOR, 1st sess., 2nd pt. Sixth Committee, Summary record of meetings, 2 Nov. to 13 Dec. 1946. p.119-123.
A/204 (1946)
Official seal and emblem of the United Nations. Report of the Sixth Committee. 2 Dec. 1946. 2p. 
A/204/ Corr.1 (1946)
Official seal and emblem of the United Nations. Corrigendum to Report of the Sixth Committee. 4 Dec. 1946. 1p. 
A/204/ Add.1 (1946)
Official seal and emblem of the United Nations. Annex to Report of the Sixth Committee.Drawing. 4 Dec. 1946. 1p. 
A/PV.50 (1946)
Official Records of the General Assembly, 1st sess., 2nd pt. : 50th plenary meeting, 7 Dec. 1946, New York.
Issued in GAOR, 1st sess.,2nd pt. Plenary meetings of the General Assembly, Verbatim record, 23 Oct. to 16 Dec. 1946. p.1005. 
A/RES/92(I) (1946)
Official seal and emblem of the United Nations : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly at its 50th plenary meeting, Lake Success, New York, 7 Dec. 1946. 1p. Issued in A/64/Add.1 (Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly during the second part of its first session from 23 Oct. to 15 Dec. 1946). p.185-186. 
A/342 (1947)
A flag for the United Nations. Memorandum by the Secretary-General. 21 Aug. 1947. 2p. 
A/414 (1947)
United Nations flag. Report of the Sixth Committee. 17 Oct. 1947. 1p. 
A/PV.96 (1947)
Official Records of the General Assembly, 2nd sess.: 96th plenary meeting, 20 Oct. 1947, New York. Issued in GAOR, 2nd sess. Plenary meetings of the General Assembly, Verbatim record, 16 Sept. to 29 Nov. 1947. Vol.I, 80th to 109th Meetings, 16 Sept. to 13 Nov. p.338-9. 
A/RES/167(II) (1947)
United Nations flag : resolution / adopted by the General Assembly at its 96th plenary meeting, Lake Success, New York, 20 Oct. 1947. 1p. Issued in A/519 (GAOR, 2nd sess., Resolutions, 16 Sept. to 29 Nov. 1947). p.91. 
ST/SGB/132(1967)
The United Nations flag code and regulations. [New York] : UN, Jan.1967. 7p. 
     

Non-UN Documents

U.N. flag started as a button, now is international symbol. The Annin Banner, Vol.4, no.2, Nov.1967. p.8. 
De Henseler, Max. The United Nations emblem and flag. Addis Ababa : Mimeo, 1972. 3p. 
Abelson, Nathaniel. Vexillology at the United Nations. NAVA News, Vol.19, no.5, Sept./Oct.1986. p.1-2. 
Macalister-Smith, Peter. The United Nations emblem and flag. Nordic Journal of International Law, Vol.55, fasc.35, 1986. p.262-265. 
Abelson, Nathaniel. Official symbols of the United Nations. Flag Bulletin, Vol.34, no.4, Jul./Aug. 1995. p.142-152. 

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