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The United Nations is an international organisation founded in 1945. It currently consists of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations (UN) are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.


As well as the more visible elements of UN action around the world, such as Peacekeeping, the UN provides a forum for members to express their views in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees. By enabling dialogue between its members, and by hosting negotiations, the Organisation has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.


In 2015, the UN celebrated its 70th Anniversary. ACWW has had Special Consultative status to ECOSOC since 1947.


ACWW Member Societies

  • Discuss current UN issues at society level
  • Prepare resolutions of international interest for discussion at ACWW Triennial Conferences
  • Write advocacy letters to their local governments and agencies
  • Participate in UN declared days, years or decades
  • Support UN initiatives through related projects
  • Communicate with the UN Committee


ACWW UN Committee Members

  • Attend UN related forums, conferences and commissions
  • Hold workshops, seminars and presentations relating to the UN and its work
  • Communicate to Member Societies and their affiliated groups through statements in support of UN declared observance days
  • Promote the aims of the UN Charter
  • Prepare reports on, and monitor activities at the UN, UNESCO and WHO
  • Communicate with UN agencies, UN Representatives and ACWW Member Societies and Individual Members

ACWW UN Representatives

  • Attend Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) committees and commissions, as well as UN agencies in New York, Geneva, Paris, Vienna and Bangkok
  • Attend discussion groups on relevant topics at UN centres
  • Draft and sign Statements to UN Commissions through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  • Communicate with the UN Committee
  • ACWW Agriculture Committee liase with UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) via UN Rep. based in Rome.

UN General Assembly

  • UN Children’s Fun (UNICEF)
  • UN Women (previously known as the UN Development Fund for Women)
  • Human Rights Council - successor to the Commission on Human Rights
  • Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • UN Habitat
  • UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC)

  • Conference of NGOs
  • Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
  • High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) - established in 2013 to replace the former Commission on Sustainable Development

This is the principal UN organ for:


  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) - founded 1919, adopted as the first specialised agency of the UN in 1946

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