Sunday, February 22, 2015

UN founded

 Byelorussian SSR →  Belarus
China (seat held by the  Republic of China) → China (seat transferred to the  People's Republic of China) (Resolution 2758)
 Czechoslovakia → dissolved (current UN members that formerly comprised Czechoslovakia:  Czech Republic and  Slovakia)
 Dominican Republic
 Egypt →  United Arab Republic (period when merged with  Syria) →  Egypt
 El Salvador
 Iran →  Islamic Republic of Iran
 New Zealand
 Commonwealth of the Philippines →  Philippine Republic →  Philippines
 Saudi Arabia
 Soviet Union →  Russia (successor state)
 Syria →  United Arab Republic (period when merged with  Egypt) →  Syrian Arab Republic
 Ukrainian SSR →  Ukraine
 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 United States of America
 Yugoslavia → dissolved (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) current UN members that formerly comprised Yugoslavia:  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Croatia,  Republic of Macedonia,  Montenegro,  Serbia, and  Slovenia
25 October 1945
30 October 1945
31 October 1945
1 November 1945
2 November 1945
 Costa Rica
5 November 1945
7 November 1945
 Union of South Africa →  South Africa
9 November 1945
13 November 1945
14 November 1945
 Bolivia →  Bolivia (Plurinational Republic of)
15 November 1945
 Venezuela →  Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
21 November 1945
27 November 1945
10 December 1945
17 December 1945
18 December 1945
21 December 1945
27 December 1945

Monday, February 16, 2015

UN, head of

Trygve Lie

Sunday, February 15, 2015

ECOSOC (UN coordinated)

Observer Inter-Governmental Autonomous Organizations

Participation on a continuing basis:

Participation on an ad hoc basis:

Specialized agencies

These specialized agencies are autonomous organizations working with the United Nations and each other inter alia through the coordinating machinery of the Economic and Social Council

Sunday, February 08, 2015

UN grouped

1 Food and Agriculture Organization  Rome Italy
2 International Atomic Energy Agency  Vienna Austria
3 International Civil Aviation Organization  Montreal Canada
4 International Fund for Agricultural Development  Rome Italy
5 International Labour Organization Geneva Switzerland
6 International Maritime Organization  London United Kingdom
7 International Monetary Fund  Washington D.C. United States
8 International Telecommunication Union Geneva Switzerland
9 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization  Paris France
10 United Nations Industrial Development Organization Austria Vienna
11 World Tourism Organization Madrid Spain
12 Universal Postal Union  Bern Switzerland
13 World Bank Group  Washington D.C. United States
14 World Food Programme  Rome Italy
15 World Health Organization Geneva Switzerland
16 World Intellectual Property Organization Geneva Switzerland
17 World Meteorological Organization    Geneva Switzerland

Saturday, February 07, 2015

UN spoken

The six official languages used in intergovernmental meetings and documents are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

UN Touched

Which brings us to the United Nations. Established 24th October 1945, this is the preeminent intergovernmental organisation. If ever there was an organisation that said all the right things and made the right moves, it has to be the UN.

Sure, it's the latest in an 'all-in' approach to make sure we can still go about our business but it's much more than that. If nothing else, you can see the ideas that are formulated when the majority of the planet have to broadly agree.

Its main opposition is among the jingoists and 'love it or leave it' patriots who are susipicious of having their soverignty and sense of superiority compromised.

But let's not worry about them too much.

The success of the UN is there for all to see. Beginning as a means of preventing a repeat of the (second world) war they'd just come out of, it has gone on to encompass multiple facets and has gone from a founding 51 to the 193 member states it now has.

The UN has its headquarters in Manhattan  New York with other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna. They have extraterritoriality.

The United Nations was formulated and negotiated among the delegations from the Soviet Union, the UK, the US and China in Dumbarton Oaks Conference [Wikipedia] The UN Conference on International Organization was attended by 50 governments and a number of non government organisations who together drafted the United Nations Charter.

The first meetings of the General Assembly and the Security Council took place in Methodist Central Hall Westminster.

The United Nations' system is based on five principal organs: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Secretariat, and the International Court of Justice. A sixth , the Trusteeship Council, suspended operations in 1994, upon the independence of Palau, the last remaining UN trustee territory.

The International Court of Justice is based in the Hague.

The General Assembly is the main deliberative body and consists of all member states. It is comprised of

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Palaszczuk's him out

It looks as though we have our second one term conservative state government. First Victoria, now Queensland. Bye bye Campbell Newman. Hello Annastacia Palaszczuk.