Jobs in United Nations

The United Nations (ONU) is an international organization whose members are committed to looking for world peace, social progress, human rights and better relationships among countries. It was founded in 1945 after World War II by 51 countries to provide a platform for dialogue among nations. Nowadays, 192 countries are members of the ONU.

Countries that are members of the ONU have to give an assessed contribution. Each country offers a different quantity; its amount depends on the capacity of each country to pay a quota. The countries can also give voluntary contributions; however, these contributions cannot exceed the 22% of ONU’s budget. There are six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, English, Russian and Spanish. Members are allowed to give speeches in any of these languages which will be translated simultaneously. Documents are also published in these languages.

Due to its many activities, ONU has six different organs: the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the International Court of Justice, and the Secretariat. Being the General Assembly the principal one, it is composed by all 192 members. Topics like peace, security, new members, budges, etc are usually discussed in the sessions.

The United Nations has many agencies that work on particular aspects. E.g. The World Health Organization, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the World Bank. In addition, there are some funds created by the General Assembly like the UNICEF (UN Children's Fund) and the World Food Program.

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English code: UN
Spanish code: ONU