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United Nations: G10: I & S

G10: I & S


The United Nations is an inter-governmental organization dedicated to promoting peace and security among nations and developing global efforts to fight economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian problems.  It was established on October 24, 1945 with the ratification of the UN Charter by a majority of member states. Because of its size and complexity, researching the UN can be a daunting task.  It is important to understand the UN’s organizational structure and publishing policies because these can affect how and where you will be able to find certain documents.
The Charter established six principal organs of the United Nations: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the Secretariat. The United Nations family, however, is much larger, encompassing 15 agencies and several programmes and bodies.
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