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Who we are

The United Nations 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 among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Today the UN has 193 members.

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 very corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peace building, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place.



For the past 40 years the United Nations in Suriname, represented by a group of UN specialized agencies, has been working on a range of national development issues aimed to improve the lives and well being of the people in the country.




The UN has four main purposes

– To keep peace throughout the world

– To develop friendly relations among nations

– To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger,disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms

– To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals