What is the United Nations?

The United Nations was created more than 60 years ago to save succeeding generations from war, protect human rights, establish conditions for justice, and promote social progress and better standards of life.

These fundamental objectives remain as critical as ever. At the same time, over these six decades, new challenges have emerged—from international terrorism to climate change, to the spread of infectious diseases to other threats that transcend national borders.

These global problems can never be resolved by any one country acting alone. As the world’s only truly universal institution, the United Nations offers the best—if not the only—forum to galvanize global action to meet the challenges ahead.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations


How does it work?    

by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

What does it do?