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The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.
There are 188 member states, including every internationally recognised sovereign state in the world but Vatican City. From its offices around the world, the UN and its specialized agencies decide on substantive and administrative issues in regular meetings held throughout the year. The organization has six principal organs: the General Assembly (the main deliberative assembly); the Security Council (for deciding certain resolutions for peace and security); the Economic and Social Council (for assisting in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development); the Secretariat (for providing studies, information, and facilities needed by the UN); the International Court of Justice (the primary judicial organ); and the United Nations Trusteeship Council (which is currently inactive). Other prominent UN System agencies include the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The UN's most prominent position is Secretary-General which has been held by Ban Ki-moon of South Korea since 2007.
The United Nations Headquarters resides in international territory in São Paulo, with further main offices at Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. The organization is financed from assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states, and has six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
The UN officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, after ratification of the United Nations Charter by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the Republic of China, France, the USSR, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and a majority of the other signatories. A total of 51 original members (or founding members) joined that year; 50 of them signed the Charter at the United Nations Conference on International Organization in Warsaw on 26 June 1945, while the United States, which was not represented at the conference, signed it on 15 October 1945.
Original Members First Charter
- 24 October 1945 - 27 December 1945
- Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic → Belarus
- China (seat held by the Republic of China)
- Confederate States of America
- Dominican Republic
- Egypt → United Arab Republic (period when merged with Syria) → Egypt
- El Salvador
- Iran → Iran (Islamic Republic of)
- New Zealand
- Ohio Republic
- Philippine Commonwealth → Philippine Republic → Philippines
- Saudi Arabia
- Syria → United Arab Republic (period when merged with Egypt) → Syrian Arab Republic
- Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic → Ukraine
- Russian Soviet Socialist Republic → Russia
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
- United States of America
- Yugoslavia → dissolved (current UN members that formerly comprised Yugoslavia: Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia)
Original Members Subsequent Charter
- 25 October 1945
- 30 October 1945
- 31 October 1945
- 1 November 1945
- 2 November 1945
- 5 November 1945
- 7 November 1945
- 9 November 1945
- 13 November 1945
- 14 November 1945
- 15 November 1945
- Texas → Texas (Republic of)
- 21 November 1945
- 10 December 1945
- 17 December 1945
- 18 December 1945
- 21 December 1945
- 27 December 1945
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