60 Ways the United Nations Makes a Difference


"The sixtieth birthday of the United Nations is an occasion to reflect on all the good the Organization has done over its long history. It has been at the centre of the most important movements of the second half of the twentieth century and the opening of the twenty-first: averting catastrophic war, lengthening life spans, providing aid to people in desperate circumstances, protecting the planet's natural resources and promoting universal recognition of human rights. It is working to promote an inclusive globalization and to bring closer the day when poverty is no longer a fact of life.

The sixty-year mark also reminds us that the world today is very different from that of our founders. The United Nations must reflect this new age, and respond to its challenges ? including, first and foremost, the knowledge that many people are still left defenceless against hunger disease, and environmental degradation, even though the world has the means to rescue them. A renewed United Nations must help to change that, and work with many partners to advance the noble ideals of its founders."

Kofi Annan
24 October 2005

The United Nations was established, in the aftermath of a devastating war, to help stabilize international relations and give peace a more secure foundation.

Amid the threat of nuclear war and seemingly endless regional conflicts, peacekeeping has become an overriding concern of the United Nations, and the activities of the blue-helmeted peacekeepers have emerged as among the most visible.

But the United Nations is much more than a peacekeeper and forum for conflict resolution. Often without attracting attention, the United Nations and its family of agencies are engaged in a vast array of work that seeks to improve people's lives around the world.

Child survival and development. Environmental protection. Human rights. Health and medical research. Alleviation of poverty and economic development. Agricultural development and fisheries. Education. The advancement of women. Emergency and disaster relief. Air and sea travel. Peaceful uses of atomic energy. Labour and workers?rights. The list goes on.

Here, in brief, is a sampling of what the United Nations and its component bodies have accomplished since 1945, when the world organization was founded.

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