The flags of all 193 member states of the United Nations fly here, in the middle of the Johan de Wittlaan. There are similar flag parades in other major seats of the UN, such as New York, Geneva and Vienna.
The United Nations was established following World War II with the aim of preventing any other such conflict. Originally, the organization had 51 member states; today, all undisputed independent states are members. The UN is concerned primarily with wars and international disputes, but also with issues that frequently underlie armed conflicts, such as human rights, economic and security questions. In addition, the UN conducts research on socio-cultural developments. The organization’s major concerns in this area include poverty reduction, gender equality, education, health, sustainability, fair growth and access to clean water – all matters that are closely related to war and peace.