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History of the United Nations


Date Milestones
7 April 1953 Dag Hammarskjöld The General Assembly nominates Dag Hammarskj√∂ld as Secretary General of the United Nations.
Nobel Peace Prize medal
UN High Commissioner for Refugees wins first of two Nobel Peace Prizes, for its work with European refugees.
7 November 1956
Peacekeepers in the desert
First Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly meets on the Suez Canal crisis and, on 5 November, decides to establish the first UN peace-keeping force- the UN Emergency Force (UNEF).
September 1Flags of the UN Member States in front of the Secretariat building in New York in 1960.960
17 newly independent States, 16 from Africa, join the UN -the biggest increase in membership in any one year.


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