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.

Opening a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed cautioned that the world would not reach its development goals without tackling climate change and disaster risk.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 8:04 pm
Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned today during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed violence.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 6:01 pm
‘Africa Day’ 2017 comes at an important moment in the continent’s endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging humanity to listen and learn with the people of Africa.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 5:41 pm
Ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Italy, the United Nations children’s agency has urged the leaders of G7 industrialized countries to adopt its six-point action plan for the protection of refugee and migrant children.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 5:00 pm
Simplifying the requirements for a business license, offering incentives to tax payers, and tackling official corruption are among the recommendations by the United Nations agricultural organization to cut informal trade among African countries and boost economic prosperity, particularly for women.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 5:00 am
The United Nations envoy for conflict-torn Yemen today expressed deep concern over the attack on his convoy while traveling from the airport to the UN compound on Monday.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 10:55 pm
Despite “appalling conditions” in South Sudan, it is not too late to save more people from dying, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today, joining the World Food Programme (WFP) chief in a call to all parties enmeshed in the country’s conflict to end the violence and work together to ensure access to food and other life-saving support.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 10:12 pm
Protecting cultural diversity is vital for peacebuilding in the Middle East, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said today, pledging solidarity with the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the region, and highlighting the need for both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ power.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 9:37 pm
The United Nations human rights chief today expressed serious concern about the health of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons as their hunger strike entered its 38th day without resolution.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 8:48 pm
The newly-elected head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outlined his priorities for journalists at the agency’s headquarters today in Geneva, where he stressed the need for Member States to provide healthcare for all and to implement international health regulations.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 7:59 pm

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.