The 193 countries that make up the United Nations are working together on a world of problems. You may have seen stories about these problems in the newspapers or on the news. In the following pages, you can read about some of the major concerns of the United Nations. Discuss some solutions with your classmates!

Solutions? | Periscope
Solutions? | Periscope

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The United Nations works together to come up with solutions for these problems and many more. Do you have any ideas on how one could solve problems such as the ones described?
Freedom of Thought and Religion | Periscope
Freedom of Thought and Religion | Periscope

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The world is full of different cultures and religions. But in some areas of the world people are not allowed to talk about their faith and opinions. The United Nations considers the right to express...
Child Labor | Periscope
Child Labor | Periscope

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In some countries, young children work at dangerous and difficult jobs. Children have even been used as soldiers in the military. The United Nations protects the right of a child to have a safe...
Racial Equality | Periscope
Racial Equality | Periscope

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Racial discrimination is a problem in most countries. People are denied access to education or political office because of the color of their skin or their cultural background. The United Nations...
Women's Rights | Periscope
Women's Rights | Periscope

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In many nations, women are not allowed to vote, receive an education, or hold a job. The United Nations works to help countries create equal rights for men and women. This U.N. poster from India...
Human Rights | Periscope
Human Rights | Periscope

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Every nation provides its people with certain rights. These may be the right to vote, the right to work, or freedom of speech. The idea that the most important rights should be shared by people in...
Eliminating Disease Through Education | Periscope
Eliminating Disease Through Education | Periscope

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Today, the World Health Organization works to eliminate diseases such as AIDS. Like smallpox, AIDS is an epidemic, or incredibly widespread disease. Through WHO, the United Nations provides education...
World Health | Periscope
World Health | Periscope

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Have you ever heard of disease called smallpox? You may not have heard of smallpox because a United Nations agency called the World Health Organization (WHO) helped wipe out the disease. The last case...
Postal Service | Periscope
Postal Service | Periscope

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People in countries belonging to the United Nations send nearly 430 billion pieces of mail each year. But every country in the United Nations has a slightly different postal system. An important role...
World Food Program | Periscope
World Food Program | Periscope

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The World Food Program (WFP) is a part of the United Nations that works to feed hungry people. Some of their programs bring food to refugees and victims of disasters such as droughts, floods and...