The United Nations was formed 72 years ago on a day like today

The United Nations was formed 72 years ago on a day like today

Written by Staff Writer

24 Oct, 2017 | 10:05 pm

Today the United Nations marked 72 years since it’s creation.

October 24, 1945 – The United Nations was established with 51 countries. It’s intention was to preserve peace through international cooperation and collective security.

The UN grew over the years to have 185 countries under it’s wing, making the organization and its family of agencies the largest in an effort to promote world stability.

The coveted Nobel Peace Prize was given to the UN and it’s organizations on five seperate occasions since 1954.

First peace prize was awarded in 1954 to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, for its assistance to refugees.

The fifth was awarded in 1988 to the United Nations Peace-keeping Forces, for its peace-keeping operations.

Today the UN Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General, assisted by a staff of international civil servants worldwide.

António Guterres holds office as the present Secretary-General.

It provides studies, information, and facilities needed by UN bodies for their meetings. It also carries out tasks as directed by the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and other UN bodies.

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