The United Nations is an organization of countries and Member States that work together to promote global cooperation and good will. The organization was founded in 1945 by fifty-one Member States and has grown to just under two-hundred members. The organization formed to work toward a global peace and prosperity. The United Nations (UN) is based out of New York City and holds a judicial branch in The Hague, Netherlands. The UN was originally formed in response to horrific events that took place during World War II. This was seen as a mean to value diplomacy over military might. The group often explores a series of options for countries that may be odds with one another. It also helps to provide food, medical assistance, and security for areas of the world that may need humanitarian support. While the agency continues to receive tons of global criticism it has made many different accomplishments. This includes assisting over thirty-five million refugees and assisting over fifty countries annual with ensuring fair and equitable government elections in democratic nations.
The worksheets below introduce the United Nations and covers topics including: How the charter began, the UN's commitment to civil and children rights, the International Court of Justice, the General Assembly, the Economic/Social/Security Councils, the Secretariat. We will explore the concept of a charter and what rights and responsibilities the nations within this body have of their own. We will also introduce the concept of the International Court that many people do not even know exists and what it does. Students will explore the goals and achievements of the UN’s economic, social, and security councils.