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About the UN

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.

The UN also provides a forum for its members to express their views in the General Assembly; Security Council; Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the UN has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.

The UN’s Chief Administrative Officer is the Secretary-General.

For more information, visit the official UN website.

Australia and the UN

Australia was a founding member of the United Nations and played a key role in the negotiation of the UN Charter in 1945. As an active and enduring member of the United Nations, Australia remains committed to addressing global issues in partnership with other countries.

Working or volunteering with the UN

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