The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization established after World War II in 1945 to promote international cooperation 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.
The IPCC just released a landmark report on the connection between how we use land and how we are changing the climate. Koko Warner studies impacts, vulnerability, and risks in her research at the UN Climate Secretariate. She is one of more than 100 expert authors who volunteered their time over the course of two years to write this report.
The IPCC's report on land use and climate change adds another perspective, or piece of the puzzle, to understanding what humans are doing to the planet and how we might be able to limit our damage to the Earth. Barron Josef Orr is a lead scientist for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, one of the groups that requested the IPCC's report on climate change and land.
As the fighting dies down in some parts of Syria, we travel to the war-torn country to meet with recently returned refugees. And we speak with the unwaveringly optimistic head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Achim Steiner, to learn more about how he tackles some of the biggest humanitarian challenges facing the world today.
As the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Achim Steiner has devoted most of his working life to tackling the biggest challenges facing the planet: Migration, climate change and inequality, just to name a few. He took time out of his busy schedule to speak with DW about his vision for the United Nations, his unwavering optimism and holding world leaders to account.