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The United Nations coordinates its work with the funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other organizations of the UN System.

 

The United Nations itself is one part of the UN System. Cooperation between the UN and the other entities of the UN system is essential in order to achieve the purposes of the Organization laid out in the UN Charter.

Since its Charter was written, the United Nations has been mandated to do new work which was not envisioned at the time of its creation. The Organization has set goals to build a more sustainable world, and it has agreed to collective action to slow down climate change.

As the problems facing humanity have grown, the work of the United Nations has also grown.

Explainer: What is the UN?

The UN's 'work plan'

At UN Headquarters in New York, the General Assembly, Security Council, and Economic and Social Council pass resolutions, which set what could informally be called the UN's 'work plan.'

The UN Secretariat carries out this work along with UN system entities.

The UN Secretariat

The UN Secretariat, based in New York City, has offices in Geneva, Vienna, and Nairobi.

Also part of the UN Secretariat are the Regional Economic Commissions in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, and Santiago.

The UN System

All of the funds, programmes, specialized agencies, and other entities of the UN system have their own budget, mandate, leadership, and headquarters. They have regional and local offices in all the main geographic areas of the world, as does the UN.


The United Nations and the UN system work together in five areas that can, and often do overlap.

L’action de l'ONU couvre cinq grands domaines :

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De gauche à droite : © Photo ONU/Marco Dormino, © Photo ONU/Mark Garten, © OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis, © Patrick Kihara/ONU Environment, © Photo ONU/Sylvain Liechti

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As an international organization with 193 Member States, the United Nations is uniquely positioned to address and solve global issues.

Questions thématiques

 

Documents

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L'ONU publie des documents depuis sa fondation. Les documents de l'ONU comprennent les comptes rendus des réunions et les résolutions qui ont été adoptées par un organe législatif, comme l'Assemblée générale, le Conseil de sécurité ou le Conseil économique et social, qui contiennent souvent un mandat de travail pour l'ONU. Les rapports du Secrétaire général des Nations unies évaluent l'état de l'Organisation et annoncent de nouvelles initiatives de travail.

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Langues officielles

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L'ONU compte six langues officielles : l’anglais, l’arabe, le chinois, l’espagnol, le français et le russe. Assurer l’interprétation et la traduction correctes depuis et vers chacune des six langues officielles, à l’oral comme à l’écrit, est crucial pour les travaux de l’Organisation. Ces services permettent la communication claire et concise de tous sur des questions majeures.

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Célébrations

L'existence des journées internationales est antérieure à la création des Nations Unies mais l'ONU les a adoptées comme un puissant outil de sensibilisation. Les Nations Unies observent des journées, des semaines, des années et des décennies internationales, chacune ayant un thème spécifique.