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Global Goals

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945 to promote international cooperation and facilitate peaceful resolution of conflicts among its member countries. It was established in the aftermath of World War II, with the goal of preventing future wars and promoting social and economic progress around the world.

San Francisco played a significant role in the history of the UN, as it was the site of the UN Conference on International Organization in 1945, which led to the establishment of the UN. Representatives from 50 countries met at the conference to negotiate the UN Charter, which is the foundational document of the UN. The conference took place at the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, and it was attended by delegates from around the world, as well as by representatives of civil society organizations, including women's groups and labor unions. Grace Cathedral was the site of the UN's first religious service in 1945. The service was held just a few days before the signing of the UN Charter. The service was intended to demonstrate the UN's commitment to promoting peace, justice, and reconciliation around the world, and it was seen as a significant moment in the organization's early history.

Today, the UN has 193 member states, which collaborate on a wide range of issues including global security, human rights, sustainable development, and humanitarian aid. The organization is headquartered in New York, USA and Geneva, Switzerland and has numerous specialized agencies, programs, and offices located around the world. These entities work together to advance the UN's mission and achieve its goals of maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, and fostering sustainable development.

UN Agencies, Funds, and Programs

Specialized areas such as peaceful uses of space, health, education, environment, refugees, and children's rights. These include the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) among others.

General Assembly

Security Council

Economic and Social Council

International Court of Justice


Trusteeship Council

The UN has made a concerted effort to improve its transparency and accountability through digital technologies enabling the UN to collaborate more effectively with its member states, partners, general public and stakeholders.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals and 169 targets designed to be a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”. It has launched a variety of digital platforms, including educational websites, open data portals, interactive maps, social media dashboards, and mobile apps with the aim to inspire new ideas, facilitate communication and information-sharing as a proactive approach to improve its efficiency and streamline its operations.

The SDGs are a key part of the United Nations' modern mandate, as they provide a comprehensive and integrated framework that takes into account the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of development. They emphasize the interconnected environmental, social, and economic aspects of scaling sustainability, while aspiring to leave no one behind.

Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 2: Zero hunger

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Goal 4: Quality education

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Goal 10: Reduced inequality

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Goal 13: Climate action

Goal 14: Life below water

Goal 15: Life on land

Goal 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions

Goal 17: Partnership for the goals

The UN and its member states are working together to implement the SDGs, with a particular focus on mobilizing resources, building partnerships, and promoting innovation and technology. The SDGs are also helping to shape the UN's overall approach to development, by emphasizing the importance of sustainability, inclusion, and collaboration across sectors and stakeholders.



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