The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization established after World War Two in 1945 to promote international co-operation and maintain international security.
The UN has 193 members and its headquarters are in New York City. Its objectives also include promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and humanitarian aid. It is financed through contributions from its member states.
According to the United Nations, there are over 10 million people in the world who don't have citizenship. That essentially means they don't have access to a whole host of basic rights. As Ruby Russell reports, the consequences of this limbo status can be devastating.
Millions of people around the world are deprived of basic rights because they don't have citizenship. We hear from a photographer who has spent a decade trying to document the problem, and meet a Kashmiri man living in limbo in Europe. Plus, life inside the Zaatari Refugee Camp, why displaced Iraqi minorities may never be able to return home, and the theater production exploring exile in Germany.
Today - 12 June - is World Day Against Child Labor. It was launched 15 years ago by the United Nations' International Labor Organization. According to estimates by UNICEF, the ILO and the World Bank, 168 million children and adolescents between 5 and 17 years of age - 11 percent - are obliged to work under conditions that deprive them of basic rights and opportunities.
The Development Program of the United Nations, UNDP, has the difficult task to foster global development torwards a more stustainable, more just and more peaceful world. It's not clear yet how much money the organization will have for its huge mandate in the next four years, since the new US President, Donald Trump, has annouced big cuts to international cooperation and the UN.