Most of us have heard about United Nations peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. But the many other ways the UN affects all our lives are not always so well known. This website takes a look at the United Nations — how it is set up and what it does — to illustrate how it works to make the world a better place for all people.
UN Headquarters in New York where 193 countries meet to achieve consensus on solving global problems.
Photo credit: UN/ Joao Araujo Pinto
In September 2000, Member States, represented at the highest level — including 147 Heads of State and Government — expressed their collective vision in the Millennium Declaration. They set out measurable goals in every area of UN endeavour — the Millennium Development Goals. In September 2008, world leaders renewed commitments to achieving those Goals by 2015 and set out concrete plans and practical steps for action.