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UN at Glance

  1. Signature of the UN Charter in 1945
    The UN was founded on 24 October 1945.
  2. Flags of Member States in front of UN Headquarters
    The UN has 193 Members States.
  3. UN Peacekeepers in Haïti
    There are currently more than 100,000 UN peacekeepers in 16 peace operations.
  4. Interpreters in the interpretation booth
    Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the UN official languages.

Did You Know?

  • UNICEF and its partners vaccinate 58 per cent of the world’s children, saving 2.5 million lives a year.

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  • UN relief agencies assist over 34 million refugees and others fleeing war, famine or persecution.

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  • Since 1945, the UN has assisted in negotiating more than 170 peace settlements that have ended regional conflicts.

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  • The UN combats climate change; works with 140 nations to prevent harmful mercury emissions.

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  • The UN World Food Programme provides food to 90 million people in
    75 countries.

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  • The UN promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 30 million women a year.


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  • The UN keeps peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents.

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  • The UN advances democracy, assisting some 50 countries a year with their elections.

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The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

The UN has 4 main purposes

  • To keep peace throughout the world;
  • To develop friendly relations among nations;
  • To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
  • To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.

Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.