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United Nations Research

A guide to key resources on the work of the United Nations

Key Reference Sources

Founded in 1945 in the wake of WWII, as a forum for discussion of international concerns and with the hope of reducing conflict, the UN currently consists of 193 member states.  Its work is defined by the UN Charter and encompasses issues of peace and security, human rights, international law, economic and social policy questions, the environment, development, women's issues, and more.

Foundational Documents

Other Key Documents

Member States

There are currently 193 member states, plus two observer states -- the Holy See and Palestine.

Currently at the UN