Learn About the United Nations

What is the UN?

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization created after WWII dedicated to facilitate peaceful cooperation between all nations!

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The UN, headquartered in New York City is comprised of 193 member states total and is broken down into 6 principal organs focused on the UN's goals: 

- General Assembly

- Security Council

- Secretariat

- International Court of Justice(ICJ)

- Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC)

 - Trusteeship Council(Suspended on November 1, 1994, as it has completed its goals)

For a detailed diagram of the UN organs click here

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The General Assembly

The General Assembly is the policymaking and representative organ of the UN. The General Assembly: 

  • Comprises of representatives of all 193 member states(it is the only organ where each nation is equally represented)

  • Deliberates on and approves the UN budget

  • Sets goals for the UN and its members(see 17 SDGs)

  • Makes recommendations to other UN organs and members

  • Decides on the admission of new member states

  • Elects members for other UN bodies

  • Appoints the Secretary-General