The United Nations' greatest achievements
The League of Nations came into being on this day in 1920, and on this day in 1946 the first meeting of the UN General Assembly began
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Founded on October 24, 1945 in the wake of the Second World War, the United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among countries, and achieve international cooperation through six principal organs and numerous specialized agencies, including the WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme (WFP), the latter the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
Throughout its history, the UN has faced many challenges, not least the current COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change, too, is an ongoing crisis that dominates the organization's global agenda and, now, the ongoing war in Ukraine and the accusations of war crimes from Russia's President Vladimir Putin. But over 75 years on, what have been the UN's greatest achievements and most memorable accomplishments? Click through the following gallery for a celebratory overview of the United Nations to date.
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