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United Nations Organisation (UN)

The United Nations, founded in 1945, presently brings together 193 States gathered around four objectives: maintenance of peace in the world, development of friendly relations between nations, support nations to work together to help the poor improve their condition, overcome hunger, disease, and illiteracy and to encourage respect for human rights coordinating the nations’ action towards achieving these goals.




The UN was created to "save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" and one of its main objectives is to maintain international peace and security.

Peacekeeping, although not explicitly provided for in the Charter, has become one of the main instruments used by the United Nations to achieve this goal. Over the years, the range of tasks assigned to UN peacekeeping operations has expanded significantly in response to changing patterns of conflict and to better respond to threats to international peace and security.

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The MHA Security Forces have been present,since the nineties of the last century, in the United Nations peace missionsand place experts in key places of the Organization.​


The promotion of human rights

Since 1948, with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN has been protecting human rights through legal instruments and activities on the terrain. The Human Rights Council, created in 2006, is today the UN's main independent intergovernmental body responsible for human rights. The different Committees of independent experts monitor the implementation of the main international human rights treaties. Each signatory State of a treaty has an obligation to take steps to ensure that everyone in the State can enjoy the rights set out in the treaty.


Main instruments 

  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination 
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
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