The United Nations is a global intergovernmental organization promoting and facilitating peace and security, development, human rights, humanitarian affairs, civil liberties, political freedoms and international law. The UN was founded in 1945 and formed to regulate conflicts between nations. It replaced the League of Nations to maintain international peace. Its headquarters, selected by The General Assembly, is located in New York City.
Other United Nations buildings are located in Vienna, Nairobi and Geneva. The six official languages of the UN are Chinese, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and English. Learn more about the United Nations and United Nations Day at http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/.
“This year again, we saw the United Nations come together on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues. We continue to show what collective action can do. We can do even more. In a world that is more connected, we must be more united. On United Nations Day, let us pledge to live up to our founding ideals and work together for peace, development and human rights. “
– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
(found on the UN website)