United Nations System

United Nations System

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United Nations System

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The United Nations System consists of the United Nations, and the six principal organs of the United Nations:

  1. the General Assembly,
  2. Security Council,
  3. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC),
  4. Trusteeship Council,   —– IN-active since 1994
  5. International Court of Justice (ICJ), and
  6. the UN Secretariat.


The United Nations System includes the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies (such as the separately-administered funds and programmes, research and training institutes, and other subsidiary entities), specialized agencies, and affiliated organizations.

Some of the organizations of the United Nations System predate the founding of the United Nations in 1945 and were inherited after the dissolution of the League of Nations.

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Programmes and funds of the United Nations
No. Acronyms Agency Headquarters Head Established Comment
1 UNDP United Nations Development Programme United States New York City, United States Germany BrazilAchim Steiner 1965
2 UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund United States New York City, United States United StatesHenrietta H. Fore 1946
3 UNCDF United Nations Capital Development Fund United States New York City, United States Luxembourg Marc Bichler 1966 Affiliated with the UNDP
4 WFP World Food Programme Italy Rome, Italy United States David Beasley 1963
5 UNEP United Nations Environment Programme Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Norway Erik Solheim 1972
6 UNIFEM United Nations Development Fund for Women United States New York City, United States Spain Inés Alberdi 1976 Merged with UN Women in 2011
7 UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland ItalyFilippo Grandi 1951
8 UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland MaliMichel Sidibé 1994 Joint programme
9 UNFPA United Nations Population Fund United States New York City, United States NigeriaBabatunde Osotimehin 1969
10 UN-HABITAT United Nations Human Settlements Programme Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Spain Joan Clos 1978
11 UNV United Nations Volunteers Germany Bonn, Germany NetherlandsRichard Dictus 1978 Administered by UNDP
12 UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East State of Palestine Gaza, Palestine and Jordan Amman, Jordan Switzerland Pierre Krähenbühl 1949
13 UN WOMEN United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women United States New York City, United States South AfricaPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 2010

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