What is the United Nations?


The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization, based in New York, created on October 24, 1945, after the Second World War, which replaced the League of Nations, to promote international cooperation.

The United Nations takes action on the problems that humanity faces in the twenty-first century, such as the maintenance of peace and security, the protection of the environment, the promotion of economic and social development, sustainable development, the promotion of human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production and much more.

The UN also provides a forum for its members to express their opinion, and it has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.

It has five main organs: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Secretariat and the International Court of Justice. Within each of these bodies there are a plurality of subsidiary organs, related and specialized bodies, functional and regional commissions, offices, and funds and programs, which form the United Nations System.


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