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United Nations: An Introduction

This LibGuide was created for the purpose of providing users with a basic understanding of the United Nations, its structure, and to provide users with access to resources available online and at FIU’s Green Library.

The United Nations

This LibGuide was created for the purpose of providing users with a basic understanding of the United Nations, its structure, and to provide users with access to resources available online and at FIU’s Green Library.

The United Nations, An Introduction

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization, founded after World War II, for the purposes of maintaining international peace and security.  The Charter of the United Nations states:

WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED...

  • to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
  • to regain faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
  • to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
  • to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom...

The UN's 4 main goals, according to its website,  are:

  • To keep peace throughout the world,
  • To develop friendly relations among nations,
  • To promote better living standards,
  • And to act as the central location for enacting these goals

The UN is comprised of a number of different member states.  Florida International University's Green Library is one of a handful of official UN Depository Libraries and contains a number of excellent primary source materials concerning a wide variety of subjects within international relations.

The United Nations is a large and complex organization.  Like all government documents research, it is essential to first understand the structure in order to effectively research regarding a topic.  Before researching, find out which branch or committee of the United Nations would be most likely to be interested in your subject.  By first thinking about the agency interested in your subject, you can more effectively find primary source documents in the UN Depository collection. 

The Main Bodies of the UN:

 

Click here to download a chart of the United Nations' structure from the UN website. The chart below is from Wikimedia Commons.

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