Tuesday, December 8, 2009

  1. Membership: 192 Member States
    Established: 24 October 1945
    Secretariat staffing as of 30 June 2009 (Secretary-General's report "Composition of the Secretariat" [A/64/352] ): about 40,000
    Current UN peacekeeping operations: 16 
    Official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish.
    Information about the UN in other languages
    UN Observances - The first day approved by the UN General Assembly was United Nations Day, 24 October (by resolution 168 (II) of 31 October 1947).
  2. Emblem ---The current United Nations emblem was approved on 7 December 1946. The design is "a map of the world representing an azimuthal equidistant projection centred on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree, in gold on a field of smoke-blue with all water areas in white. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles".
  3. The United Nations and Endemol India (producer of reality shows such as Big Boss and Laughter Challenge) had joined hands to produce a music reality show called 'Mission Ustaad'. The programme will  telecasted  on 9X, a general entertainment channel from 1st December 2007. The purpose of the programme is to bring attention to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  4. Ban Ki-moon--------United Nations Secretary-General.
  5. Solution Exchange, an initiative of the United Nations Agencies in India, is harnessing the power of Communities of Practice to help attain national development goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), leveraging the knowledge, experience and energies of development practitioners towards the common objective of problem-solving.


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