What is the United Nations?“The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October, 1945, as the Second World War came to a close. October 24 is now celebrated as United Nations Day. The United Nations was established in particular to 'save succeeding generations from the scourge of war'. The aims of the United Nations are:
- to keep peace throughout the world
- to develop friendly relations between countries
- to work together to help poor people live better lives
- to remove poverty, disease and illiteracy in the world
- to stop environmental destruction
- tnd to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms.
Why teach about the United Nations?Learning about international institutions such as the United Nations enables pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the democratic process that affect the world around them. Young people can see in practice some of the complex problems and challenges in the world today, such as how to resolve conflicts and combat disease.
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Useful websiteUnited Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK) Founded in 1945, UNA-UK is the country’s foremost advocate for UK action at the UN; the UK's leading source of analysis on the UN; and a vibrant grassroots movement of 20,000 people from all walks of life. It is the only charity in the UK devoted to building support for the UN amongst policymakers, opinion-formers and the public. It advocates strong government support for the UN - political and financial - and seeks to demonstrate why the UN matters to people everywhere. UNA-UK's website has a wealth of resources and background information for teachers about the United Nations, including:
- The UK’s work with the UN: https://www.una.org.uk/get-involved/learn-and-teach/uks-work-un
- International Days: https://www.una.org.uk/get-involved/learn-and-teach/international-days-bring-global-issues-life
- The United Nations Matters Teaching Pack: https://www.una.org.uk/get-involved/learn-and-teach/un-matters-teaching-pack
- Learning about Human Rights: https://www.una.org.uk/get-involved/learn-and-teach/learning-about-human-rights
- Model UN: https://www.una.org.uk/get-involved/learn-and-teach/model-un-portal
- What is the UN: https://www.una.org.uk/get-involved/learn-and-teach/overview-united-nations