The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system . Day in and day out, the UN and its family of organizations work to promote respect for human rights,

protect the environment, fight disease and reduce poverty.

UN agencies define the standards for safe and efficient air travel and help improve telecommunications and enhance consumer protection.

The United Nations leads the international campaigns against drug trafficking and terrorism. Throughout the world, the UN and its agencies assist refugees, set up programmes to clear landmines, help expand food production and lead the fight against AIDS.