United Nations (UN)

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Origin and Aims. The United Nations is an association of states, or intergovernmental organizations, pledged to maintain international peace and security and to co-operate in solving international political, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems. The name ‘United Nations’ was devised by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was first used in the Declaration by United Nations of 1 Jan. 1942, during the Second World War, when 26 nations pledged to continue fighting the Axis Powers.


Member State United Nations Security Council Economic Commission International Peace 
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  • Barry Turner

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