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About the United Nations(UN):
United Nations(formerly known as League of Nations) is an intergovernmental organisation(UNO) structured with 193 independent nations and two observer states. Based in New York City, USA the UN organisation established in 24 October 1945, just after the 2nd World war. UN operates worldwide, its main mottos are maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, protecting environment, providing humanitarian aid in case of natural disaster and armed conflict.
The UN Charter was drafted on June 1945 and came into effect on 24 October 1945. Since time of foundation UN started journey with 51 member countries/states with currently having 193 number of nations as of 2017.
United Nations basically works with six major organs- Security Council, General Assembly, Secretariat, Economic and Social Council(ECOSOC), International Court of Justice and Trusteeship Council. The last organ is currently inactive since 1994. However besides these organs UN have other organisations and specialised agencies, they are – ILO, IMF, WHO, IMO, WHO, FAO, IAEA, UNICEF, ITU, UPU, UNESCO, WMO, WIPO, WFP, UNIDO, ICAO, WBG IFAD and others.
UN Secretary General, who is the head of UN’s Secretariat has a leading role to the United Nations. There is a Deputy Secretary General post created by General Assembly, for administrative assistance to the Secretary General.
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28 April, 2017 : Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for refugees-
Details; Syrian refugee and Olympic athelete Yusra Mardini appointed as UN agency’s goodwill ambassador. Yusra’s past story is painful before her participation in Rio Olympic 2016 as a Refugee Olympic team member.
Grew in Damascus Mardini’s swimming skill reflected in some world events. She represented syria in 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships. Living in Germany Yusra trained by some famous swimming coaches and competed in 2016 Rio Olympics 100 meters freestyle and 100 meters butterfly event.
During Syrian Civil War Yusra’s family lost house and fled. They emigrated to Germany.
19 Year aged UN’s youngest Goodwill Ambassador shown her bravery by rescuing of some refugees from a sinking boat with her 21 year old sister Sarah.
Yusla is quite inspired by UN High Commissioner for refugees Philipo Grandi. She is very much interested to work with refugees and her next goal is to compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
20 April, 2017 : UN Chinese language day has been observed on 20 April. This event first organised in 2010 to promote equal use of all six official languages. The day April 20 is selected for Chinese language to commemorate Cang Jie the inventor of Chinese character.
19 April, : German Achim Steiner to be the next head of the United Nations Development Programme. General Assembly confirms this news.
10 April, 2017 : Youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate Pakistani Malala Yousafzai has been honoured as ‘Messenger for Peace’ by UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres. She will be assisted to promote girl’s education around the world.
March 22, 2017: According to UN report India ranked 131 in term of human development index. Norway topped the list
What is the current status of the Secretary General of the UN?
Secretary General : Portugese politician and diplomat Antonio Gutteres is the current and 9th Secretary General of the UN. He assumed office on 1 January 2017 replaced by Ban Ki-Moon. Gutteres served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995-2002. He was also the President of UNHCR from 2005-2015. Secretary General is the Chief Executive Officer, he has two helping body one is Assistant Secretary General and the other is Under Secretary General.
On which day UN’s 8th Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been removed?
The present UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been removed on 31 December 2016
When was the United Nations Organisations formed on?
Formation & History Of The United Nations – United Nations was formed on 24th october, 1945. Every year on 24 th october United Nations day is observed. US president Franklin D.Roosvelt first named it as United Nations instead of League of Nations. To be a member a nation or state must follow the United Nation’s charter. Now there are 193 independent countries are member of the United Nations.
How many native languages are officially used by United Nations?
The Official Languages of United Nations :
There are six official languages of the United Nations, they are – 1> Arabic 2> Chinese 3> English 4> Russian 5> French and 6> Spanish.
Who was the founder of United Nations Organisations?
Answer : It was not possible to officially founding the UN on 24 October 1945, without ratifying the UN Charter by ‘Big-5’- USA, FRANCE, USSR, REPUBLIC OF CHINA and UNITED KINGDOM
What is the status of UN flag?
Flag of United Nations(UN): A white UN emblem (world map surrounded by two olive branches) on a blue background. Proportion : 2:3 Or 3:5
Who is the designer of UN flag?
The emblem designed by Donald McLaughlin.
Where is the United Nation’s headquarter located at?
UN Head Quarter : New York City, New York, USA
Which Chilean educator won Nobel Prize at the time of UN formation in 1945?
Answer : The first Latin-American author Gabriela Mistral(Lucila Godoy Alcayega)won Nobel Prize in literature in 1945
What is the similarity between 18th Academi Awards and UN’s formation?
Answer : Both of two event were happened same year in 1945
Who was awarded Pulitzer Prize for Editorial writing at the time of UN’s formation in 1945?
Answer : George W. Potter of the Providence Journal-Bulletin
Who was the Chancellor of Germany during 1945 UN’s Charter enacting?
Answer : Adolf Hitler
Which German world leader committed suicide at the time of UN’s formation in 1945?
Answer : German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler
Can you remember some world famous German footballers born at the time of UN’s formation in 1945?
Answer : Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller
Which Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner designated by ‘United Nations Messenger of Peace 2017?
Answer : Malala Yousafzai
Who is the first United Nations Messenger of Peace?
Answer : Michael Douglas
When United Nations gave membership to Japan?
Answer : In 1956
When United Nations gave membership to Germany?
Answer : 18 September 1973
When UN gave membership to Switzerland?
Answer : In 2002
What is the chief purpose of UN’s principal organ Security Council?
Answer : Maintenance of International Peace and Security
Who is the current representative of USA to the United Nations as of 2017?
Answer : US Ambassador Nikki Haley is the current representative to the UN
What is the one & only UN Security Council’s permanent member from Asian Continent?
Answer : China
What is UN Russian language programme?
Answer : The main objective of UN Russian language programme is to educate people to read,write and fluently speak in Russian language
What is the election criteria for non permanent member of the UN Security Council?
Answer : Non permanent members are elected on a geographical region basis to serve a two-year terms.
Who is the inaugural President of the UN Security Council?
Answer : Norman Makin
What is the term length of the UN Security Council President?
Answer : One month
Who is the current permanent representative of China to the UN as of 2017?
Answer : Liu Jieyi
Who is the current permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN?
Answer : Volodymyr Yelchenko, he also served as 6th Ambassador of Ukraine to Russia. Volodymyr was preceded by Yuriy Sergeyev
Who is the permanent British representative to the UN?
Answer : Matthew Rycroft
Who is the current permanent representative of NewZealand to the UN?
Answer : Gerard van Bohemen
Who is the current permanent representative of Luxembourg to the UN?
Answer : Christian Braun
Who is the current permanent representative of Sweden to the UN?
Answer : Olof Skoog, he also served as President of the UN Security Council on January 2017
International Civil Aviation Organisation ( ICAO ) :
In the year of 1944 at Chicago the ICAO was established on.
Headquarter :Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Which UN body recognises World Heritage Sites?
Answer : UNESCO
When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN?
Answer : 10 December, 1948
What is the financial source of the UN?
Answer : UN is financed by the voluntary contribution from its member states
Which UN body works on human rights?
Answer : United Nations Commission on Human Rights(UNCHR)
Which UN agency works on protect and support the refugees?
Answer : United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR)
Who is the Italian actress and 1962 Oscar winner served as UN Goodwill Ambassador?
Answer : Sophia Loren
Who is the world famous Hollywood actress employed as special envoy of High Commissioner Filipo Grandi?
Answer : Angelina Jolie
Who heads the United Nations University?
Answer : Under-Secretary-General of the UN
United Nations declared 2017 as the year of –
Answer : UN declared 2017- as International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
What is the significance of the International Women’s Day?
Answer : The name International Women’s Year was given to 1975 by United Nations. Since that year 8 March has been being celebrated as International Women’s Day.
What is the similarity between UN day and World Development Information Day?
Answer : The two days observed globally in a same day on 24 October. Un day was started observing from 1945, but World Development Information Day started in 1972.
What was the theme of 2016’s UN day?
Answer : Freedom first
United Nations announced 2016 as the year of –
Answer : 2016- International Year of Pulses
United Nations declared 2015 as the year of –
Answer : International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, International Year of Solis
United Nations declared 2019 to be the year of –
Answer : International Year of Indigenous Languages
General Knowledge Questions on UN Organisation
Who is the current head of the UN specialised agency WIPO?
Answer : Australian Francis Gurry is the 4th Director General of the WIPO
Who is the current head of the UN specialised agency WHO?
Answer : HongKong, Chinese and Canadian physician Margaret Chan is the current and 4th Director General of WHO
Who is the current president of the General Assembly of the United Nations?
Answer : Peter Thomson who is a Fijian diplomat and currently serves as the president of UN General Assembly. He assumed office on 13 September 2016 in place of previous president Mogens Lykketoft. Peter elected President of the Executive Board of the UNDP
Who is the current head of the UN specialised agency WFP?
Answer : American Ertharin Cousin is the current head of the World Food Programme(WFP). In 2014 Cousin was ranked number 45th on Forbes Magazine’s List of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Where is the headquarter of ILO located at?
International Labour Organisation (ILO ) : Founded in 1919 and in the year of 1946 ILO was registered as a special organisation of United Nations. It has a governing body which has 10 permanent members they are … Brazil, China, Germany, France, India, Japan, Italy, Russis, United Kingdom and USA. ILO has a total of 187 member states.
HEADQUARTER :Geneva, Switzerland
Who is the current head of UN specialised agency UPU?
Answer : Bishar Abdirahman Hussein is the current head of the Universal Postal Union(UPU).
Who is the current head of the UN specialised agency UNWTO?
Answer : Jordanian Taleb Rifai is the current head of United Nation World Tourism Organization(UNWTO).
Who is the current head of the UN special organisation ITU?
Abswer : Houlin Zhao is the current head of the International Telecommunication Union(ITU)
IMF is currently headed by which international famous figure?
Answer : Former French Finance and Agricultural Minister Christine Legarde is the current Director of International Monetary Fund(IMF).
ICAO is currently headed by which famous figure?
Answer : Fang Liu
Where is the headquarter of UNHCR located at?
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ) :
In the year 1951 UNHCR was formed by the General Assembly of United Nations. Its main purpose is to relief refugees around the world.
Headquarter :Geneva, Switzerland
Who is the current and 10th head of the UNESCO?
Bulgarian politician Irina Bokova is the 10th Director General of the UNESCO. Irina Bokova served as Bulgaria’s ambassador to France and Monaco.
Who is the current head of the Food and Agricultural Organisation(FAO)?
Answer : Jose Geaziano da Silva
Who is the present head of the IAEA?
Answer : Yukiya Amano is the current head of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA).
Who is the current head of the IMO?
Answer : Kozi Sekimizu is the current head of the International Maritime Organization(IMO).
Where is the headquarter of IMO located at?
International Maritime Organisation ( IMO ) : In the year of 1948 it was established as a special organisation.
HEADQUARTER : London, United Kingdom
Where is the headquarter of IMF located at?
International Monetary Fund (IMF): In the year of 1945 IMF established as independent organisation. In 1947 IMF came under United Nations.
HEADQUARTER :Washington D.C. USA
Where is the headquarter of ITU located at?
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) : It was established in the year of 1932 at Madrid convention.
HEADQUARTER :Geneva, Switzerland
Who is the current and 10th head of International Labour Organization(ILO)?
Answer : British Guy Ryder is the current and 10th Director-General of the ILO. He assumed office in 2012
Where is the headquarter of UNESCO located at?
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) :
Formation Of The UNESCO – The UNESCO was established on 4th Nov, 1946. This organisation works on education, culture, science and communications.
HEADQUARTER :Paris, France
International Bureau of Education (IBE) :
It is the sister organisation of UNESCO.
Where is the headquarter of UNIDO located at?
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) : This organisation was came under United Nations in the year of 1966.
HEADQUARTER :Vienna, Austria
Where is the headquarter of UPU located at?
Universal Postal Union (UPU) : It was established in the year 1874. It is a special agency of United Nations which coordinates postal policies among member nations.
HEADQUARTER : Bern, Switzerland
Which European country has the headquarter of WHO?
Formation Of WHO –
World Health Organisation (WHO) : The world health organisation came into work in the year 1948. It decides health related directives and supervises health programmes around the world.
HEADQUARTER :Geneva, Switzerland
Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) :
Mainly this organisation works between two american countries.
Which European country has the headquarter of WIPO?
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) :
This organisation came into work in 1970 and regeistered as a special organisation of United Nations in 1974.
HEADQUARTER :Geneva, Switzerland
Where is the headquarter of WMO located at and when it was formed?
World Meteorological Organisarion (WMO) :
WMO became registered as a special organisation of United Nations in the year of 1951.
HEADQUARTER :Geneva, Switzerland
Where is the headquarter of IAEA located at?
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) :
IAEA is a special body of the United Nations, it was established on 29th July, 1957. It has 150 of member nations.
HEADQUARTER :Vienna, Austria
Which European member country has the headquarter of FAO?
Food and Agricultural Organisation ( FAO ) :
It was established in the year of 1945 at the Quebec city. This body supervises for food projects worldwide.
Headquarter : Rome, Italy
What is the structure and objective of the World Bank?
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development ( IBRD ) Or World Bank :
This organisation came into existence on 1946. World bank helps undeveloped countries to become economically developed and gives technical help. World Bank has 4 sister organisations, they are 1> International Development Association (IDA)…2> International Finance Corporation ( IFC )…3> Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency ( MIGA )…4> International Centre for Settlment of Investment Disputes ( ICSID )…
Headquarter :Washington D.C. USA
What is the full form of UNDP and where its headquarter located at?
Answer:- United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP ) :
UNDP is the special agency of the United Nations. This agency works for social and economic development.
Headquarter : New York, USA
Where is the headquarter of UNICEF located at?
United Nations Childrens Emergency Fund ( UNICEF ) :
UNICEF was established in the year 1946. This organisation works for children and women as an emergency relief fund.
Headquarter :New York, USA
What is the status & objective of the UNFPA ?
United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA ) :
The UNFPA was established in the year 1969. Formerly it was known as United Nations Funds for Population Activities. It helps pregnant women’s health security and population related matter of the developing nations.
Headquarter : New York, USA
Where is the headquarter of UNEP located at?
United Nations Environment Programme ( UNEP ): This was established in the year 1972. It helps to make any project related to environment.
Headquarter :Nairobi, Kenya
What are the objectives of the current non-member observer states of the UN?
Holy See in Rome: Granted permanent observer state status on 6 April 1964, and on July 1 2004 gained all the rights of full membership except voting rights, putting forward candidates and submission of resolution proposals without co-sponsoring. The official language of Holy See is Latin and it is under jurisdiction of Vatican City.
State of Palestine: On 29 November 2012 gained non-member observer state status. On 7 July 1998 gained right to participate in general debate and aditional rights.
Who is the current and 5th Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations as of 2017?
Answer : Amina J. Muhammed is the current and 5th Deputy Secretary General preceded by Jan Eliasson. She joined office on 1 January 2017. Nigeria born Amina served as former Minister of Environment.
When did United Nations charter take effect on?
Answer : The United Nations charter took effect on 24 October, 1945
In which year United Nations Organization as a whole won the Nobel Peace Prize?
Answer : In 2001
With how many members United Nations started journey in 1945 ?
Answer : 51 members
The historical term ‘United Nations’ was first coined by which international figure?
Answer : US President Franklin Roosevelt
Which four countries first signed the United Nations Declaration?
Answer : The four countries are United States of America(USA), United Kingdom(UK), Soviet Union(USSR is now Russia) and China
Who was elected as the first United Nations Secretary General?
Answer : Norwegian Foreign Minister Trygvi Lie was elected as the first UN Secretary General
The UNEF(United Nations Emergency Force) was established by UN General Assembly in 1956, what was the objective behind it?
Answer : To draw a resolution of Suez Crisis
How long Kofi Annan served as the 7th Secretary General of the UN?
Answer : He was Secretary General from year 1997 to 2006
How long Boutros Boutros-Ghali served as the 6th Secretary General of the United Nations?
Answer : Egyptian Diplomat and politician Boutros Boutros-Ghali served as UN Secretary General from 1992 to 1996
What was the objective behind the creation of United Nations Charter?
Answer : The primary objective of UN Charter was to prevent aggression by one nation against another
Which country is the highest contributor to the United Nations Budget 2016?
Answer : United States of America contributed 22% of total budget of the United Nations Budget 2016
Who is the current permanent representative of India to the United Nations?
Answer : Syed Akbaruddin, he was appointed on January 2016, as the permanent representative of India to the United Nations.
Who was the first representative or ambassador of India to the United Nations?
Answer : Samarendranath Sen
When the UNMOGIP(United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan) was established to observe and report violations of ceasefire?
Answer : In 1951
In which year the UN-sponsored Kyoto Protocol was signed?
Answer : 1997
Dag Hammarskjold was the 2nd UN Secretary General from which country?
Answer : Dag Hammarskjold was the 2nd UN SG from Sweden. He served as SG from 1953-1961, passed away during his serving period.
Who was the 3rd UN Secretary General served between 1961-1971?
Answer : Burmese Diplomat U Thant was the 3rd UN Secretary General. He died in 1974 in USA, suffered from lung cancer.
Who was the 5th UN Secretary General?
Answer : Peruvian Diplomat Javier Perez de Cuellar was the 5th UN Secretary General within period 1982-1991. He served as Peru’s Ambassador to France. Perez was also the Foreign Affairs Minister in Peru.
Who was the 4th UN Secretary General?
Answer : Austrian Diplomat Kurt Waldheim was the 4th UN Secretary General within period 1972-1981. He was also the 9th President of Austria
Which country joined as the UN’s 193rd member in 2011?
Answer : South Sudan
In which year UN’s Trusteeship Council was formed on?
Answer : 1945
What is the current status of the Trusteeship Council as of 2016/2017?
Answer : It is inactive since 1994
In 1965 which UN organization was awarded Nobel Prize?
Answer : UNICEF was awarded Nobel Prize for peace
What is the name of the UN organization that won Nobel Peace Prize in 2005?
Answer : IAEA(International Atomic Energy Agency) was awarded Nobel Prize jointly with Egyptian diplomat Muhamed Mustafa ElBaradei
What is the name of UN organisation that won Nobel Prize in 1969?
Answer : International Labour Organisation won Nobel Peace Prize in 1969