The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations amongst nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.
The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues from; sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.
The UN started working in Suriname in 1971, when the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) established the first UN office in the country.
Today five UN agencies have offices, programmes and staff based in Suriname:
• The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
• The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
• The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
• The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
• The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
A number of other UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes have on-going projects and activities in Suriname and are based elsewhere in the Caribbean region. They are:
• The International Labour Organization (ILO)
• The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS)
• The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
• The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
• The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
• United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
• United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)