United Nations

The United Nations is an international organisation founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.

The UN also provides a forum for its members to express their views in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and other bodies and committees. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the Organisation has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.

The UN’s Chief Administrative Officer is the Secretary-General, and the principal judicial organ of the United Nations is the International Court of Justice.


More Information

  • UN System– Here you can find a clear overview of all UN bodies and specialized agencies.
  • Communications – The communications section shows you how the UN communicates with the rest of the world through its UN TV and UN Radio.
  • Vacancies – Looking for a career at the United Nations? Have a look at the career portal of the UN, where you can find all the information on jobs and all current openings.
  • Marketplace – Do you want to do business with the UN? The marketplace section will show you how.