What is UN

The United Nations at a glance

The United Nations is an important forum in international relations. Together with the member states and other actors, the world organization is involved in the areas of peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. They are important fields of activity that affect us all and that can only be dealt with through cooperation.

The UN was founded shortly after the horrors of World War II (1939-1945) on October 24, 1945 founded by 51 states. The primary goal was to prevent future wars. The legal basis of the UN and its member states is the Charter of the United Nations. It defines the fundamental principles of intergovernmental cooperation as well as the goals and tasks of the world organization.

The UN is not a world government and it does not legislate. It is primarily the Member States that make important decisions. The UN Secretariat accompanies this process, as do non-state actors. Together with their main and subsidiary organs as well as the specialized agencies and programs, they all make up the complex UN system.

The decisions made in the form of resolutions are fundamentally only binding under international law in the Security Council, one of the main UN organs. In all political negotiations, the United Nations can either act as Forum - for example the General Assembly - when instrument - for example for UN member states - or even as Actor - appear in international politics, among others in the form of the UN Secretary General.