Why We Do It

The United Nations is the only voice that speaks for everyone on earth and the only place where all nations come together. Our challenges are so intertwined that we can only solve them together, with smart responses across countries, cultures and peoples. As our world grows more connected and threats more complex, the success of the UN is even more essential. That’s why the United Nations Foundation exists.

Together, through the UN, the world has eradicated smallpox, closed the ozone hole, and brought stability to war-torn countries; we’ve protected tens of millions of children from disease; given refugees help and hope; enshrined human rights into international law; and all countries have signed up to the collective promise of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Foundation is committed to delivering on the promise of the United Nations. We are proud to carry it in our name. We are determined to see it succeed.

When we act together, change happens.


This year, the United Nations celebrates 75 years of global cooperation. As the UN marks this milestone, they want to hear from YOU.

Which global trends do you think will most affect our future? How can we achieve a better future together?

Share your ideas by taking the UN 75 survey

Charter of the
United Nations


“We the peoples of the United Nations determined
  • to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
  • to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
  • to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
  • to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
“And for these ends
  • to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
  • to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
  • to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
  • to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,
“Have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims

Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

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