What is the UN?

A quick guide on the key components, mission and work of the United Nations – an international organization that helps to build a better world.

Take a moment to learn about the UN. The United Nations remains an essential pillar of the international system, working around the world, around the clock, for peace, sustainable development and human rights.

At a time when challenges are increasingly global, and our fates are inexorably intertwined, understanding the United Nations itself—its aims, workings and ideals—is more important than ever.  The Essential UN website, available in multiple languages, provides a succinct and interactive way to quickly grasp the essentials of the Organization through fast facts, short videos, information cards and fun quizzes.

 Bahrain & GCC Countries among List of Participating Countries for the 2017 UN Young Professionals Programme (YPP) Examination

The United Nations is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. For young, high-caliber professionals across the globe, the examination is a platform for launching a career at the United Nations.

The examination is held worldwide and is open to nationals of countries participating in the annual recruitment exercise.

The list of participating countries is published annually and varies from year to year.  Bahrain and the GCC countries are among the list of participating countries for 2017.

Candidates who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) examination:

  • Holds the nationality of a participating country.
  • Holds at least a first-level university degree relevant to the exam subject the candidate is applying for.
  • Is 32 years of age or younger in the year of the examination.
  • Is fluent in either English or French.

The 2017 YPP examination is being offered in the following job families:

  • Political, Peace and Humanitarian (POLNET)
  • Management and Administration (MAGNET)
  • Public Information and Conference Management (INFONET)

The application deadline is 22 August 2017.  All applications for the YPP exams must be submitted online.  

For more information and to apply , CLICK HERE.

LEARN MORE about the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017.

From 05-09 June 2017, the United Nations will convene a major conference that will energize efforts to promote ocean sustainability.  The Ocean Conference, which will be the first UN conference of its kind on the issue, will coincide with World Environment Day (05 June) and World Oceans Day (08 June). It will present an invaluable opportunity for countries, the UN System, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations as well as the private sector, media and the general public to mobilize urgent and tangible action to reverse the cycle of ocean decline.  Learn more.


TOGETHER: A Global campaign to Change Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Refugees and Migrants

“Let us make 2017 a year for peace” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres

2016 Year in Review

Portugal’s António Guterres emerges as favourite for next UN Secretary-General


“We the People” for the Global Goals

Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Lives All Around the Globe

“Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe” is a hip hop music video that was produced by Flocabulary in partnership with the Education Outreach Section of the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information. It aims to teach young people throughout the world about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can help build peace.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit: 17 Goals to Transform Our World

UNiLibraryUnited Nations Publications is pleased to announce the launch of the United Nations iLibrary, the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations.

Available from February 2016, the United Nations iLibrary provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, policy makers and the general public with a single online destination for seamlessly accessing knowledge products created by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.

At launch, United Nations iLibrary comprises 750 titles in English, and 250 in other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. This initial scope covers most of the content published under the United Nations Publications banner between 2013 and 2015. A scope of around 3,000 titles is expected to be available by the end of 2016, corresponding to most titles published between 2010 and 2015.

The content of the United Nations iLibrary will be regularly updated with approximately 500 new titles published every year on the key topics reflecting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations.  LEARN MORE.

The UN and Bahrain: An Enduring Partnership

“The UN and Bahrain: An Enduring Partnership” is a documentary showcasing the historical partnership between the UN and the Kingdom of Bahrain.