- To help every nation on the planet to work together to enhance and help to improve the everyday lives of poor people, to abolish world hunger, life threatening diseases, poor or non existent education and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for every citizen of the Earth’s rights and liberties;
- To forge and develop friendly and useful relations among the world’s nations;
- To keep the peace amongst nations throughout the entire world;
- To be a global center for reaching these goals by harmonizing each nations weaknesses and strengths.
In 1945, after the Second World War, the United Nations was founded. It was founded by 51 countries all committed to developing friendly relations among states, promoting social progress, preserving international security and giving better living standards and making sure that everyone can enjoy their human rights.
Because of the international nature and the United Nation’s unique character, and the organization has extraordinary powers in it’s Charter. This gives the Organization powers to take action on an extremely wide and diverse range of issues. The UN provides a forum for its Member States (there 193 Member States) to easily express their thoughts, plans and views. This is done with the aid of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Security Council, as well as other committees and bodies associated with the UN.
The United Nations is synonymous with peacekeeping, the prevention of conflict and its assistance in humanitarian issues. In addition to this though the work of the United Nations goes much further than this.
If you were to list the full scope of the work of the UN it would surprise many. We all know that the UN’s work for essential problems is happening every day, providing methods and systems for disaster aid, sustainable development, protecting the environment and protecting refugees. Indeed the work of the UN goes much further with its work in fighting terrorism, non-proliferation and disarmament. But on a more day to day basis they strive to promote democracy, sex equality, basic human rights and more. The advancement of women is very important in a lot of cultures. International health is of utmost concern, but this also takes into account economic and social development and increasing food production and distribution. Clearing up the aftermath of conflict is never a pleasant job, for example the clearing of landmines is one such task.
Where the UN works hardest is to co-ordinate the efforts of many bodies to make the world a better place to live in, for us and for future generations.