Now in its seventh decade, the United Nations is well known throughout the world. But how many people know what it does or how it works? Or why, as nearly 200 leaders converge this week

From the ashes of World War II

Human rights: Aspirations versus reality

General Assembly: Big podium, small powers


Security Council: Powerful but often paralysed


Problems keeping the peace

Secretary-General: Global reach, vague role

Goals endangered: Climate change and the 2030 objectives