UN Country Team in Saudi Arabia

UN Logo SAKing Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time and Chairman of the Delegation from Saudi Arabia, Signing the Charter at a ceremony held on 26 June 1945. United Nations, San Francisco, 1945 (Photo credit: UN)

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries, currently 193, committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

The United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) work on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.

Saudi Arabia joined the United Nations as a Charter Member on 26 June 1945. His Majesty King Faisal signed the Charter as a Founding Member at a ceremony held in San Francisco. The United Nations in Saudi Arabia comprises of FAO, UNDP, UNHCR, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank Group (World Bank and IFC). IOM is also a member of the UN Country Team.

The UN agencies plan and work together, as part of the Resident Coordinator System, to ensure the delivery of tangible results in support of the National Development Plans. The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.

With the MDGs concluding at the end of 2015, world leaders have called for an ambitious, long-term agenda to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. This post-2015 development agenda is expected to tackle many issues, including ending poverty, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. The UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 sustainable development agenda that is expected to be adopted by UN Member States at the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015.

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UN Country Team in Saudi Arabia

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