One place where the world's nations can
gather together, discuss common problems
and find shared solutions.


is an international organization founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the UN and its work are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

The UN has evolved over the years to keep pace with a rapidly changing world.

But one thing has stayed the same: it remains the one place on Earth where all the worlds nations can gather together, discuss common problems, and find shared solutions that benefit all of humanity.


The most impossible job on Earth. So far only 9 people have held the top leadership position in the worlds largest multilateral organization. What does it mean to be UN Secretary-General?


The UNs Membership has grown from the original 51 Member States in 1945 to the current 193 Member States.

All UN Member States are members of the General Assembly.  States are admitted to membership by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.

Photo of Antnio Guterres, UN Secretary-General


In the end, it comes down to values [...] We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.

Antnio Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is Chief Administrative Officer of the UN C and is also a symbol of the Organization's ideals and an advocate for all the world's peoples, especially the poor and vulnerable.

The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council for a 5-year, renewable term.

The current Secretary-General, and the 9th occupant of the post, is Antnio Guterres of Portugal, who took office on 1 January 2017.

On the 18th of June, 2021, , pledging as his priority to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main Bodies

Wide view of the General Assembly Hall at an event in 2016.

?UN Photo/Cia Pak

The main bodies of the UN are the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the , and the UN Secretariat.

All were established in 1945 when the UN was founded.

UN Main Bodies



A view of the UN Secretariat building with flags of UN Member States flying in the foreground.

?UN Photo/Manuel Elas

The Secretariat carries out the day-to-day work of the UN as mandated by the General Assembly and the Organization's other main bodies.

The Secretary-General is the head of the Secretariat, which has tens of thousands of international UN staff members working at duty stations all over the world. 

UN Secretariat


UN System

 A family picking up food from World Food Programme distribution center in Syria.

?WFP/Ali Habib

is part of the UN system, which, in addition to the UN itself, comprises many programmes, funds and specialized agencies, each of which have their own area of work, leadership and budget.

The UN coordinates its work with these separate UN system entities, all of which cooperate with the Organization to help it achieve its goals.

UN System


UN Emblem

UN Emblem and Flag

The UNs symbol who designed it? what does it mean?


UN History


UN Charter

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The Charter that our founding 51 Member States signed 75 years ago to create the UN

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Individual chapters and more



Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 6 languages edition, cover image


Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) widely recognized as having inspired the adoption of more than 70 human rights treaties

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History of, drafters, and more


The ICJ Statute

ICJ emblem


Statute of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) How is the Court constituted? How does it function?

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Nobel Peacee Prize Emblem

Nobel Peace Prize

The UN, UN system entities, and staff have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize more than ten times.