Friday, August 10, 2012

10th Anniversary of UN Offices in Vienna

As successor to the League of Nations, the United Nations was founded by 51 countries in the last months of the Second World War. The charter was ratified on October 24, 1945 by the five full members of the Security Council and the majority of the remaining 46 nations. To commemorate this occasion, "United Nations Day" is celebrated each year on October 24. In 1989 the United Nations was comprised of 159 Member States. The six main bodies of the United Nations are the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, International Court of Justice, Trusteeship Council, and the Secretariat. The Vienna International Center (VIC) is comprised of several members of the U.N. family. The four largest are the Office of the United Nations in Vienna (UNOV), which itself unites several U.N. institutions resident there, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA). The commemorative stamp portrays the U.N. building in Vienna, Kaisermühlen, which was completed in 1979, has exterritorial status, and rests on 180,000 square meters of land. Thank you Merja for this pretty FDC.

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