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UN at a Glance 

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

For more information please visit: http://www.un.org/en/aboutun/index.shtml

Structure and Organization 

The Charter established six principal organs of the United Nations: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the Secretariat. The United Nations family, however, is much larger, encompassing 15 agencies and several programmes and bodies.

For more information please visit: http://www.un.org/en/aboutun/structure/index.shtml

UN in Brief ... 

Most of us have heard about United Nations peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance. But themany other ways the UN affects all our lives are not always so well known. This website takes a look at the United Nations — how it is set up and what it does — to illustrate how it worksto make the world a better place for all people.

For more information please visit: http://www.un.org/Overview/uninbrief/

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