Founded in 1945, right after the Second World War, the United Nations has earned both praise and criticism from its member nations for various policies and decisive actions that it had taken in the last several decades. Here is what you need to know about United Nations,
It is a replacement
UN is actually a replacement organization that supplanted the ill-fated “League of Nations,” an organization formed after World War I. The “League of Nations,” which the United States did not join, was faulted for being very biased and unfair especially in its treatment of losing countries during World War I, most especially Germany.
UN was only partially successful during the Cold War era
Many wars, embargoes, and conflicts were attributed to the Cold War – and some too great that the United Nations proved to be quite futile to address.
Spain was not admitted into the organization until 1955
Though Spain was “neutral” during the Second World War, its hidden alliance with the Nazis and veiled support to the war’s principal aggressors led to its non-admission to the organization for the first ten years.
UN is made up of six components
The UN is so huge that its goals and vision/mission are divided in its 6 principal components – the General Assembly, the Secretariat, the International Court of Justice, the Economic and Social Council, the Security Council, and the Trusteeship Council.
UN recognizes 6 official languages in all its headquarters
UN is considered multilingual. It recognizes six official languages – English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Russian.
United States and Japan are the primary sources of UN funds
20% of the UN’s funds come from the USA while a tenth comes from Japan. Likewise, Germany, France, United Kingdom, and China are also significant sources of funding.