The World We Want - 75 photos curated from more than 50,000 images from over 130 countries in response to the Secretary-General’s call to hear directly from the peoples of the world about their priorities for the future.
In the end, it comes down to values [...] We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.António Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General
The Secretary-General is Chief Administrative Officer of the UN – and is also a symbol of the Organization's ideals and an advocate for all the world's peoples, especially the poor and vulnerable.
The current Secretary-General, and the 9th occupant of the post, is António Guterres of Portugal, who took office on 1 January 2017.
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All were established in 1945 when the UN was founded.
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The Secretary-General is the head of the Secretariat, which has tens of thousands of international UN staff members working at duty stations all over the world.
The United Nations is part of the UN system, which, in addition to the UN itself, comprises many programmes, funds and specialized agencies, each of which have their own area of work, leadership and budget.
The UN coordinates its work with these separate UN system entities, all of which cooperate with the Organization to help it achieve its goals.
- Milestones in UN History
Timeline from 1941 to the present
- The San Francisco Conference
51 countries sign the UN Charter creating a new organization
- Preparatory Years: UN Charter History
Events which led to the UN’s creation
- Predecessor: The League of Nations
The League of Nations and the first international organizations
The Charter that our founding 51 Member States signed 75 years ago to create the UN
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) — widely recognized as having inspired the adoption of more than 70 human rights treaties
Statute of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) — How is the Court constituted? How does it function?
Nobel Peace Prize
The UN, UN system entities, and staff have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize more than ten times.