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.
Top diplomats from around the globe took measure of new US Secretary of State Tillerson on his first major international trip. Paris said it was worried by a US step back for a two-state solution in the Middle East.
This week on Monday marked International Day of Zero Tolerance against female genital mutilation - or female genital cutting. It's estimated that more than 200 million women and girls have been cut worldwide, according to the United Nations. More and more women are speaking out to end the practice. For instance 34-year old Mariya Taher, who co-founded the NGO Sahiyo.