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United Nations: Introduction to the UN

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This guide was originally created by Caitlin Hunter in 2018 and is regularly updated by the library staff. 

Structure of the United Nations

The United Nations was established by a 1945 treaty called the Charter of the United Nations:

The Charter establishes six main organs (also called principal organs) of the United Nations:

Most main organs have dozens of subsidiary organs and other subsidiary and related bodies. Major UN subsidiary and related bodies you may encounter in legal research include:

Chart Showing Structure of the United Nations