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United Nations (UN)

Organization Profile

Mission

In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization to draw up the United Nations Charter. The Organization officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and a majority of other signatories. United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October.

The purposes of the United Nations, as set forth in the Charter, are to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends.

The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) is the focal point in the UN System to promote links and synergies between, and the coordination of, disaster reduction activities in the socio-economic, humanitarian and development fields, as well as to support policy integration.



General contact information

  • URL: http://www.un.org/
  • Address: UN Headquarters, First Avenue at 46th Street
  • Postal Code: 10017
  • City: New York, NY
  • Country: United States of America
  • Telephone: +1 2129634475
  • Fax: +1 2129630071
  • Head of the organization: Soon-taek Ban


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