UNEP United Nations Environment Programme

In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly resolution 2997 created and designated the UNEP as the UN authority on environmental issues. It serves as an expert voice by monitoring the global environment and gathering and disseminating environmental information to governments and the international community.

UNICEF United Nations Children's Fund

Created in 1946, in the context of World War II, UNICEF now operates in 191 countries to "to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path." The institute operationalizes its work through country programmes and national committees.

UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Established in 1950 by the UN General Assembly, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) leads and coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems. The Agency's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of uprooted and stateless people.

UNV United Nations Volunteers

The UNV contributes to peace and sustainable human development through volunteerism worldwide. The programme mobilizes 7,500 qualified and experienced women and men of nearly 160 nationalities each year, serving as UN Volunteers in 130 countries.

UNCDF United Nations Capital Development Fund

UNCDF’s mandate from the UN General Assembly (1966) is to “assist developing countries in the development of their economies by supplementing existing sources of capital assistance by means of grants and loans”. The mandate was modified in 1974 to focus on “first and foremost the least developed among the developing countries”.

UNCDF work on empowering women

UNDP United Nations Development Programme

Established by the UN General Assembly in 1965 with Resolution 2029, the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) aims to support national efforts of developing countries achieve economic development. Now geared around achieving the Millennium Development Goals, UNDP’s four main areas of work include democratic governance, poverty reduction, conflict prevention, environment and energy, and HIV/AIDS.

UN Women United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

On July 2, 2010 the General Assembly voted unanimously to create a dynamic new entity called UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

OIOS Office of Internal Oversight Services

The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) was established in July 1994 as an operationally independent office that assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his internal oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the Organization through monitoring, internal audit, inspection, evaluation and investigation.

OLA Office of Legal Affairs

The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) was originally established in 1946 and receives its mandate from the General Assembly and the Secretary-General’s office. The OLA provides legal council to the United Nations System and United Nations field operations and acts on an international scale to promote adherence to international laws and treaties.

OCHA Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) was established in 1991 through General Assembly Resolution 46/182 in an effort to enhance the UN’s response to humanitarian crisis situations. The resolution outlines the United Nations’ responsibility to those exceptionally affected by environmental or political crisis and outlines the legal guidelines under which humanitarian assistance must function.