United Nations

United Nations Secretariat Building, New York City

The United Nations Secretariat Building at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.

There are 193 member states, including every internationally recognised sovereign state in the world but Vatican City. From its offices around the world, the UN and its specialized agencies decide on substantive and administrative issues in regular meetings held throughout the year.


The UN Turns 70

“As the UN celebrates its 70th anniversary we highlight the iconic moments of our enduring commitment to peace, development and security.”
Video published on Oct 10, 2014.


UN News Centre - Top Stories

A world of news from the world organization.

Several initiatives to improve learning through mobile technologies were presented during the Mobile Learning Week 2017, a recently-concluded five-day event held at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Posted: March 28, 2017, 9:35 pm
Visiting a traditional fishing community in Senegal, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has called on the countries in the region to prioritize conserving and sustainably managing their marine resources.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 8:43 pm
The United Nations and regional partner organizations today expressed deep concern about the situation in the central Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where at least two United Nations experts disappeared two weeks ago and dozens of police officers were reportedly found dead.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 8:35 pm
A United Nations-appointed independent expert on the human rights situation in Belarus has expressed dismay over the Government’s return to the policy of violent mass repression against peaceful demonstrators, non-governmental organizations, journalists and political opponents, and is calling on the authorities there to stop harassment and violence.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 8:20 pm
The only way to achieve socially sustainable supply chains is if human rights are protected and respected, a group of UN experts said today in an open letter addressed to G20 leaders currently meeting in Geneva.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 8:07 pm
More than 14 million people in Yemen have no access to health services, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that transportation of medical personnel and treatment for the injured is getting increasingly difficult as this week the fighting enters its third year.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 6:32 pm
The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea in the capital of northern Mexican state Chihuahua on 23 March 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 6:03 pm
The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the massive loss of civilian lives in the western sections of Iraq’s Mosul city in recent days due to actions by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists as well as airstrikes by the Government forces.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 4:59 pm
Visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that is hosting about 80,000 Syrian refugees, the United Nations chief urged the parties to the conflict in Syria and the countries that have influence over them to realize that the crisis is not only a tragedy for Syrian people but also a threat to regional stability and global security.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:00 am
Millions of children are on the brink of starvation in the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned, urgently calling for nearly $255 million to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:00 am

Strong UN. Better World.

UN flagFlag description:
The flag of the United Nations was adopted on October 20, 1947, and consists of the official emblem of the UN in white on a blue background.

The emblem’s design is described as:
A map of the world representing an azimuthal equidistant projection centred on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalised branches of the olive tree. The projection of the Map extends 60° South Latitude, and includes four concentric circles. —Official Seal and Emblem of the UN, Report of the Secretary-General, 15 October 1946.

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UN Trade and Development

In the early 1960s, growing concerns about the place of developing countries in International Trade led many of these countries to call for the convening of a full-fledged conference specifically devoted to tackling these problems and identifying appropriate international actions.