UN in Lithuania
The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 192 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.
The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations and its System (specialized agencies, funds and programmes) affect our lives and make the world a better place. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.
Lithuania has joined the United Nations on September 17, 1991. A year later the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC) was established in Vilnius.
The United Nations is represented in Lithuania by United Nations funds, programmes and specialised agencies united by the Resident Coordinator system. The programmes, funds and agencies of UN were development partners of Lithuanian government and public society during the transition period and they continue to provide technical assistance and other forms of practical help in the area of social development.