United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is an international organisation founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

The UN has 4 main purposes

  • To keep peace throughout the world;
  • To develop friendly relations among nations;
  • To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
  • To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals. 

Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organisation can take action on a wide range of issues, and provides a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.

The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peace building, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place.

The Organisation works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.
Caption from the United Nations website

The Cook Islands became a member of individual United Nations Partner agencies in the 1980’s and through the years these partner agencies have continued to provide support to the Cook Islands for various programmes.

United Nations Partner Agencies supporting the Cook Islands include

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

United Nations GEF

Affiliates Partnering with the UN include

Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Food and Agriculture Organisation

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Related Documents

The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda 

The Cook Islands United Nations joint review outcome statement