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Lesson 17:

The Members of the UN

In this lesson we go over:

  • Permanent Missions to the UN
  • Permanent Observers
  • How nations and organizations become members
  • What are countries joining?
  • Membership dues and responsibilities


The UN Charter (Membership)
The UN Blue Book


  • How does the UN compare with other membership organizations that perhaps you are a part of?
    What are the similarities and the differences?
  • Given that the UN is not a “government” what are your thoughts about there being a “world government”?
  • Given that the UN is an agreement of nations to work together for peace, security and good neighborliness, what do you think could make it work better?
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