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United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization tasked to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The headquarters of the UN is in Manhattan, New York City, and is subject to extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict. The UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world.

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The United Nations General Assembly met today with world leaders speaking to the delegation about our global community's current state of affairs. Attached is the transcript of President Obama's speech. In it, he stresses that the international community must come together and act as one united body. He also points out that amid these crises, it is a blessing to be born now more than ever due to factors such as literary rates and global public health on the rise. With ISIS wreaking havoc, the ebola epidemic on the rise, and other issues challenging the international community, how do you feel about our world's current state of affairs? And more tangentially, do you feel the United Nations has any power in solving these issues?

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