About the UN

2016 UN Card

The 2016 edition of The UN Card - previously known as the Every Day Card - brings you an update to 10 actions of the UN, that show in quantifiable terms how the daily work of  the UN and its agencies affects the lives of people around the globe. This edition’s design features the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015

Trusteeship Council

Status

The Trusteeship Council suspended its operations on 1 November 1994, a month after the independence of Palau, the last remaining United Nations trust territory. By a resolution adopted on 25 May 1994, the Council amended its rules of procedure to drop the obligation to meet annually and agreed to meet as occasion required -- by its decision or the decision of its President, or at the request of a majority of its members or the General Assembly or the Security Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q. I want to work for the UN. Where can I send my resume?

A. To apply, please see employment opportunities or volunteering.

Q. Can I apply for an internship?

Official Languages

There are six official languages of the UN.  These are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The correct interpretation and translation of these six languages, in both spoken and written form, is very important to the work of the Organization, because this enables clear and concise communication on issues of global importance.

UN Logo and Flag

The logo and flag of the UN have become its symbols as it carries out its work on the world stage.  They have the practical effect of identifying the United Nations in areas of trouble and conflict to any and all parties concerned.  They are also aspirational symbols, for they speak to the hopes and dreams of people the world over, for peace and unity.

Funds, Programmes, Specialized Agencies and Others

The UN system, also known unofficially as the "UN family", is made up of the UN itself and many affiliated programmes, funds, and specialized agencies, all with their own membership, leadership, and budget.  The programmes and funds are financed through voluntary rather than assessed contributions. The Specialized Agencies are independent international organizations funded by both voluntary and assessed contributions.

Secretariat

The Secretariat, one of the main organs of the UN, is organized along departmental lines, with each department or office having a distinct area of action and responsibility. Offices and departments coordinate with each other to ensure cohesion as they carry out the day to day work of the Organization in offices and duty stations around the world.  At the head of the United Nations Secretariat is the Secretary-General.

Main Organs

The main organs of the UN are the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the UN Secretariat.  All were established in 1945 when the UN was founded. 

Main Bodies

The Charter established six principal organs of the United Nations: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the Secretariat. The United Nations family, however, is much larger, encompassing 15 agencies and several programmes and bodies.

Overview

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

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