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UK Mission to the United Nations

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UN bodies

About the UN

UN Headquarters New York

With an increasing membership and a constantly changing global landscape, the United Nations is as valuable as ever.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Photo by Arran Skinner

The Secretary-General of the United Nations is the head of the Secretariat, one of the principal organs of the United Nations.

Member States and their Permanent Representatives

South Sudan flag at UNHQ

A gallery of the current Member State Permanent Representatives

Security Council

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

This has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

General Assembly

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

This is composed of all 193 member states.

International law

UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN makes an important contribution to the development of international law.

International Criminal Court

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a permanent court, situated in The Hague.

International Court of Justice

Professor Christopher Greenwood

Find out about the Court's role and the UK judge that sits on the ICJ

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

UN Photo/John Isaac

Find out more about the Economic and Social Council

Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council chamber in Geneva

After 5 years of the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly will now review its work

UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A comprehensive regime of law and order in the world's oceans and seas.

UN Funds Programmes & Specialised Agencies

UN Photo/Tim McKulka

These are responsible for the operational activities of the UN.


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Information on the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions