12 Facts About United Nations

1. On October 24, 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence when its Charter was ratified by the five permanent members of the Security Council and a majority of other 46 member countries.

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2. The United Nations includes 193 member countries and two permanent observer entities that cannot vote.

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3. The United Nations is a global organization with six official languages, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.

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4. The United Nations is an international organization engaged in the diplomatic and peaceful communication between the countries of the world.

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5. The League of United Nations ceased its activities after failing to prevent the Second World War.

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6. The United Nations came into effect on October 24, 1945.

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7. The United Nations is funded by dues from member states and is prohibited from borrowing from financial institutions.

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8. The United Nations consists of six major organs: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Secretariat, the international court of justice, and the Trusteeship Council.

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9. The United Nations was an important arena for the transformation of former colonies into sovereign states.

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10. The United Nations has become actively involved in postwar reconstruction and has even run transitional administrations, most notably in East Timor and Kosovo.

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11. The United Nations was the second multipurpose international organization established in the 20th century that was worldwide in scope and membership.

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12. The United Nations is an international organization created to maintain international peace and promote human rights.

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