Giving Compass' Take:

• Chandler Green provides data that describes the reach of the United Nations' work around the world today. 

• How does the scope of the UN's work impact their ability to be flexible, agile, and responsive? What are the advantages of working at this scale? 

• Learn about the UN's humanitarian data hub

When many people think about the United Nations, they think of the Security Council and the General Assembly. Yet the work of the UN extends far beyond the assembly halls in New York City, impacting lives around the world.

Every day, in every corner of the globe, people tirelessly work to advance the mission of the UN: peace, progress, equality, and human rights.

Here are key numbers that provide a snapshot of the UN and its far-reaching work today:

  • 193 Member States comprise the United Nations today.
  • In 2015, all 193 Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve by the year 2030.
  • More than 100,000 UN peacekeepers currently serve in 14 peacekeeping operations worldwide to protect the most vulnerable and maintain peace and security.
  • The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) provides vital food assistance to more than 80 million people facing hunger in 80 countries.
  • UN agencies supply 45% of the world’s children with vaccines, saving 2-3 million lives each year from deadly childhood diseases.
  • The UN assists some 68.5 million women, men, and children forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations.

Read the full article about the UN by Chandler Green at United Nations Foundation.