United Nations at a Glance

ISBN-10: 921101252X

ISBN-13: 9789211012521

Edition: N/A

Authors: United Nations

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This simple, authoritative guide provides a starting point for readers who are new to the UN. In clear language, this book explains what the UN does, how the UN does it, who the actors are, and when historical milestones occurred. Illustrated with photos and stories from the field, the guide examines the work of the UN in international peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, and humanitarian action. As a resource to students and teachers alike, additional features include definitions of frequently used terms, rich statistics, questions and answers, and the building blocks of international law. For anyone who wants to learn more about the world's foremost intergovernmental organisation, The United Nations at a Glance is the perfect place to start.
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Publisher: United Nations Publications
Publication date: 12/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

An Introduction to the United Nations
Quick facts about the United Nations
The idea of a peaceful world community
The League of Nations
Creation of the United Nations
What is the United Nations?
A forum for all countries, not a world government
Guiding principles of the United Nations
Structure of the Organization
United Nations Headquarters
Membership and budget
A good value for the money
Becoming a Member of the United Nations
Permanent Observers
Official languages
Test your knowledge
The United Nations Family
Quick facts about the United Nations family
Principal organs of the United Nations
General Assembly
Security Council
Economic and Social Council
Trusteeship Council
International Court of Justice
The United Nations: a family of specialized entities
Funds and programmes
Research and training institutes
Other Entities
Related Organizations
Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors
Test your knowledge
Economic and Social Development
Quick facts on economic and social development
Development: a priority for the United Nations
Poverty and development
United Nations action
Millennium Development Goals
The eight goals
Where do we stand?
Millennium Development Goals: 2012 progress chart
Development for today and tomorrow
Sustainable development
Linking environment and development
Test your knowledge
International Peace and Security
Quick facts on international peace and security
Poverty causes conflict, which results in poverty. How do we break the cycle?
Local consequences of a conflict
The cost of conflict is felt throughout a region
The United Nations: Created to keep peace
Preventing conflict
Other accomplishments
What happens when a country ignores the decisions of the Security Council?
Peacekeeping and peacebuilding
Commanding the peacekeeping operations
There when the world needs them
A cost-effective solution
Financing the United Nations peacekeeping missions
First United Nations peacekeeping operation
Recent United Nations peacekeeping operations
Creating a sustainable environment for peace
Do we really need the United Nations to work for peace?
Peacemaking, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, nation building
Children and armed conflicts: Victims of conflict
A global counter-terrorism strategy
The Impact of armed violence
Controlling small arms and light weapons
Ensuring world safety by reducing nuclear weapons
Disarmament is an urgent global need
Some United Nations actions for disarmament
Battling cluster munitions and landmines
Nobel Peace Prize
Test your knowledge
Human Rights
Quick facts about human rights
Human rights: what are they?
What are our human rights?
Characteristics of human rights
The United Nations and human lights
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Human rights law
Other International human rights instruments
Who is responsible for human rights at the United Nations?
The right to development for all
Development as a right
Declaration on the Right to Development
A framework to promote all human rights
Children have rights, too
Providing legal protection for children
Children's rights
The United Nations and children's rights
Test your knowledge
Humanitarian Crises and Responses
Quick facts about humanitarian crises and responses
Emergencies that affect people around the world
Different types of disasters
Recent disaster trends
The impact of disasters: key humanitarian needs and risk management
Coordination of emergency assistance
Inter-agency coordination
Who are the humanitarian workers?
United Nations agencies in the field: who is on the ground?
Immediate emergency response: saving more lives
Long-term emergency response: getting people back on their feet
Emergency preparedness and prevention
Test your knowledge
Additional Information
Frequently asked questions
United Nations observances
The United Nations System
United Nations Member States
References and resources
UN Information Centres
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