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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, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and other bodies and committees. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the Organization 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.

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The New Urban Agenda cover image
Manuals & Guidelines
October 2016
Global

The New Urban Agenda represents a shared vision for a better and more sustainable future – one in which all people have equal rights and access to the benefits and opportunities that cities can offer, and in which the international community reconsiders the urban systems and physical form of our urban spaces to achieve this.

March 2016

Ecosystem accounting is a coherent and integrated approach to the assessment of

Reports & Research
September 2015
Global

On 25 September, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as the agreed framework for international development. It is the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Land Human Rights Standards and Applications
Manuals & Guidelines
March 2015
Global

This basic legal reference publication has been prepared as part of the OHCHR output on land and human rights. It aims to provide a concise and user-friendly guide on key international legal standards, including international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law, to those working on land issues so as to make them aware that such standards may be applicable to their work

Manuals & Guidelines
March 2015
Global

These principles provide guidance on ways to align business objectives with the safeguard of human rights. The principles aim to integrate the management of human rights risks into contract negotiations on investment projects between host State entities and foreign business investors, building on the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Global Drylands: A UN system-wide response cover image
Manuals & Guidelines
Reports & Research
October 2011
Global

More than two billion people depend on the world’s arid and semi-arid lands. Preventing land degradation and supporting sustainable development in drylands has major implications for food security, climate change and human settlement.

Reports & Research
April 2011
Global

The Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forests constitute an international reference document for the development and improvement of national and subnational guidelines for the sustainable management of natural tropical forests. They also provide a reference on technical issues at the macro (landscape) and micro (forest management unit) scales.

Policy Papers & Briefs
January 2011
Global

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