Today marks the opening of the 2019 United Nations Grand Assembly. But what actually is the United Nations, and what does it do?

About the UN. 

The United Nations is an international Organisation that was founded in 1945, after the end of the second world war, when the world desperately wanted peace. That year, 51 countries gathered in San Francisco to sign charter that created the organisation known as ‘The United Nations’. The United Nations has been tackling 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. In other words, the United Nations strives to achieve a better world for all inhabitants.

The UN provides a forum for its members to express their views in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other boded and comities. This enables dialogue between its members, and by hosting negational, the organisation can facilitate agreement and sole problems.

About the General Assembly.

Today is the opening of the UN General Assembly, which is taking place in New York. The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. General Assembly meets in yearly sessions, but emergency meetings can also be called. It is the only session in which all member states have equal representation, so, one nation, one vote. Today, all 193 Member States of the united nations will be represented and be able to discus and work together on a wide array of international issues. 

There will be 5 important high level summits and meetings taking place during the General Assembly, covering many of the biggest issues facing our world. These are:

  • Climate Action- 23rd September.
  • Making Universal Heath Coverage a Reality- 23rd September.
  • Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals- 24th and 25th September.
  • Financing for Sustainable Development- 26th September.
  • Supporting Small Island Developing States-27th September.

To find out more about these summits and their goals click HERE.

What are the official languages of the United Nations?

There are six official languages of the UN. These are: 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Multilingualism is very important to the United Nations. Prioritising Multilingualism fosters harmonious communication, promotes tolerance, and ensures effective and increased participation of all in the UN’s work.

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