In the UN system

The United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States.  The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.

The UN also provides a forum for its 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 Organization has become a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together.

The UN's Chief Administrative Officer is the Secretary-General.

The UN’s headquarters are located in New York. The organisation also maintains an important presence in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beyrouth, Geneva, Nairobi, Santiago and Vienna, and has offices all over the world.


In a world where states have become increasingly interdependent and societies increasingly interconnected, international cooperation is indispensable and multilateralism is key for achieving international stability, the impetus for democracy as well as for the improvement of the well-being of populations.

The United Nations play a decisive role in this regard. However, reforms are required in order to strengthen the organisation’s legitimacy, it’s representativeness and efficiency. To this end, it will be of crucial importance to improve the working methods of the General Assembly and to reform the Security Council.

Consequently, Belgium will make an effort to reinforce the central role of the United Nations to promote peace and security in the world. For that purpose, Belgium is a candidate for a seat as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2019-2020.

On the socio-economic level, our country equally defends an efficient and inclusive multilateralism. Belgium strives to obtain the Sustainable Development Goals with the international community and is committed to the UN’s efforts to promote human rights.