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United Nations Day Quiz

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#1. Who was the first woman president of UN General Assembly from India?

Vijaya Laxmi Pandit was elected President of the eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1953, becoming the first woman to head the organ. She had also headed the Indian delegation at the United Nations.

#2. Which is the only principal organ of the UN whose headquarters is not situated in the United States?

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established by the UN Charter, signed on 26 June 1945 at San Francisco, in pursuance of one of the primary purposes of the United Nations: “to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace”.

Its seat is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). Notably, it is the only UN principal organ not situated in the United States.

#3. When did India join the United Nations?

On June 26, 1945, India was the among 50 countries to sign the UN charter. After signing the UN charter, on October 30, 1945, India joined the United Nations.

#4. The term 'United Nations' was coined by _______________.

The Declaration by United Nations contained the first official use of the term ‘United Nations’. The name ‘United Nations’ was coined by the then United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

#5. Where was the UN Charter signed by 50 original members of the UN?

#6. Which principal organ of the UN suspended operations on 1 November 1994?

The Trusteeship Council, a sixth principal organ of the UN, suspended operations on 1 November 1994, upon the independence of Palau, the last remaining UN trustee territory.

#7. Which of the following is NOT among the six principal organs of the UN?

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.

#8. How many official languages are used in the UN?

The six official languages of the UN, used in intergovernmental meetings and documents, are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

#9. Which decade was designated as United Nations Decade on Biodiversity?

The years from 2011 to 2020 was declared as the “United Nations Decade on Biodiversity” by the United Nations. The Decade was declared in order to contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

#10. In which year was the United Nations founded?

The UN was established after World War II with the aim of preventing future wars, succeeding the League of Nations, which was characterized as ineffective. On 25 April 1945, 50 governments met in San Francisco for a conference and started drafting the UN Charter, which was adopted on 25 June 1945 and took effect on 24 October 1945, when the UN began operations.

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