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The United Nations is a very large organization with offices throughout the world. Originally, this page focused on traditional peacekeeping, hence the name of the page. This was the field that typically intersected the role played by PMCs/PSCs when this page was created back in 1999. However, now many more areas overlap contractor support and private security plays a substantially broader role. We have therefore expanded this section to offer you a broader overview of the UN and peacekeeping, i.e. as seen from the angle of the convergence of Security and Development.
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General Assembly
Security Council

Member States of the United Nations

Permanent members: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States | Current non-permanent members

Understanding the work of the UN functionally:
Peace and Security International Law Human Rights Humanitarian Affairs Development

Business Partnerships with the United Nations UN Peacekeeping | Visit also our UN Missions page

Relevant regarding the role played by PMCs/PSCs and their regulation:
SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR on use of mercenaries as a means of impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination
WORKING GROUP on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination
[ For legal documents regarding the use, employment, and regulation of PMCs/PSCs, please visit our Regulation > United Nations page ]



Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Established on December 14, 1950, UNHCR has the mandate to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. It endeavors to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state and to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Established in 1965, UNDP comprises the UN's global development network. Its goals involve connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life and to help countries to achieve human development and the Millennium Development Goals.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Established in 1972, UNEP is the voice for the environment within the UN. UNEP assesses global and regional environmental conditions and trends; strengthens institutions for the wise management of the environment; and develops international instruments to protect the environment.

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

UNIDIR's mission is to assist the international community in finding and implementing solutions to disarmament and security challenges. To forward arms control and disarmament, is a goal of UNIDIR's research and educational efforts,

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Established in 1967, has the mandate to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the formulation and implementation of improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC has the mandated to assist states in their struggle against illicit drugs and its work pillars are: field-based technical cooperation projects; research and analytical work to increase knowledge and; normative work to assist in ratification and implementation.

United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)

Established in 2005, PBC's mandate involves bringing together all relevant actors (e.g. international donors and troop contributing countries) to marshal resources and to advise on and propose integrated strategies for post-conflict peace-building and recovery.

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Established in 1961, WFP is the UN frontline agency mandated to combat global hunger and pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life.



Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
In operation since 1945, FAO's main goals are: 1) the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; 2) the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and 3) the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Established in 1944, ICAO works with the signatories of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). ICAO and global aviation organizations to develop international Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in relation to states' legally-enforceable national civil aviation regulations.

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Established in 1948, IMO aims "to provide machinery for cooperation among Governments in the field of governmental regulation and practices relating to technical matters of all kinds affecting shipping engaged in international trade". IMO is also empowered to deal with administrative and legal matters related to this purpose.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Launched after the end of the Second World War, IMF aims to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty worldwide.

World Bank Group

Launched after the end of the Second World War, the World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: 1) End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3%; and 2) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Launched in 1946, WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

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International Atomic Energy Agency  (IAEA)

Established in 1957 in response to the deep fears and expectations resulting from the discovery of nuclear energy, IAEA is the world's center for cooperation in the nuclear field, working to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.

Preparatory Commission for the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), negotiated in Geneva between 1994 and 1996, bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground. The Treaty is not yet in force. CTBTO's main tasks are the promotion of the Treaty and the build-up of the verification regime so that it is operational when the Treaty enters into force.

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997 | Read the articles of Articles of the Chemical Weapons Convention GO>>



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