English Across the Curriculum

The United Nations


The United Nations is an international organisation of countries. It was created for many reasons:

  • There should be peace and security in the world after the Second World War.
  • Countries should be friendly to each other.
  • Countries should help each other solve problems.
  • Human rights should be respected everywhere in the world.

After the Second World War the allied countries got together to discuss in which ways such an organization could be created. In 1945 50 countries got together in San Francisco and signed an agreement that created the United Nations. The United States invited the new UN to set up its headquarters in New York. The building was finished in 1952 and has been the permanent seat of the UN until today.

UN headquarters in New York
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