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60 Ways the UN Makes a Difference


 
 UN basic facts 
UN Member States

Following is the list of the 192 Member States of the United Nations with dates on which they joined the Organization (as of 15 August 2006)

                 

STATE  NOTES DATE OF
ADMISSION
Albania  

14 Dec. 1955

Algeria

8 Oct. 1962

Andorra 28 July 1993
Angola 1 Dec. 1976
Antigua and Barbuda             11 Nov. 1981
Argentina 24 Oct. 1945
Armenia 2 Mar. 1992
Australia 1 Nov. 1945
Austria 14 Dec. 1955
Azerbaijan 2 Mar. 1992
Bahamas 18 Sep. 1973
Bahrain 21 Sep. 1971
Bangladesh 17 Sep. 1974
Barbados 9 Dec. 1966
Belarus

On 19 September 1991, Byelorussia informed
the United Nations that it had changed
its name to Belarus.
  

24 Oct. 1945

Belgium

27 Dec. 1945
Belize 25 Sep. 1981
Benin 20 Sep. 1960
Bhutan 21 Sep. 1971
Bolivia 14 Nov. 1945
Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
was an original Member of the United Nations,
the Charter having been signed on its behalf
on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945,
until its dissolution following the establishment
and subsequent admission as new members
of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia,
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
was admitted as a Member of
the United Nations by General Assembly
resolution A/RES/46/237 of 22 May 1992.

22 May 1992
Botswana
17 Oct. 1966
Brazil 24 Oct. 1945
Brunei Darussalam 21 Sep. 1984
Bulgaria 14 Dec. 1955
Burkina Faso 20 Sep. 1960
Burundi 18 Sep. 1962
Cambodia 14 Dec. 1955
Cameroon 20 Sep. 1960
Canada  9 Nov. 1945
Cape Verde 16 Sep. 1975
Central African Republic 20 Sep. 1960
Chad 20 Sep. 1960
Chile  24 Oct. 1945
China  24 Oct. 1945
Colombia 5 Nov. 1945
Comoros 12 Nov. 1975
Congo (Republic of the) 20 Sep. 1960
Costa Rica 2 Nov. 1945
Cote d'Ivoire 20 Sep. 1960
Croatia

The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
was an original Member of the United Nations,
the Charter having been signed on its behalf
on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945,
until its dissolution following the establishment
and subsequent admission as new members
of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia,
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The Republic of Croatia was admitted as
a Member of the United Nations by General
Assembly resolution A/RES/46/238
of 22 May 1992.

22 May 1992
Cuba 24 Oct. 1945
Cyprus 20 Sep. 1960
Czech Republic

Czechoslovakia was an original Member of
the United Nations from 24 October 1945.
In a letter dated 10 December 1992, its
Permanent Representative informed the
Secretary-General that the Czech and Slovak
Federal Republic would cease to exist on
31 December 1992 and that the Czech Republic
and the Slovak Republic, as successor States,
would apply for membership in the United Nations.
Following the receipt of its application,
the Security Council, on 8 January 1993,
recommended to the General Assembly that
the Czech Republic be admitted to United
Nations membership. The Czech Republic
was thus admitted on 19 January of
that year as a Member State.

19 Jan. 1993
Democratic People's
Republic of Korea
17 Sep. 1991
Democratic Republic
of the Congo

Zaire joined the United Nations
on 20 September 1960. On 17 May 1997,
its name was changed to the Democratic
Republic of the Congo.

20 Sep. 1960
Denmark 24 Oct. 1945
Djibouti 20 Sep. 1977
Dominica 18 Dec. 1978
Dominican Republic 24 Oct. 1945
Ecuador 21 Dec. 1945
Egypt

Egypt and Syria were original Members
of the United Nations from 24 October 1945.
Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958,
the United Arab Republic was established
by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued
as a single Member. On 13 October 1961,
Syria, having resumed its status as
an independent State, resumed its separate
membership in the United Nations.
On 2 September 1971, the United Arab
Republic changed its name to the
Arab Republic of Egypt.

24 Oct. 1945
El Salvador 24 Oct. 1945
Equatorial Guinea 12 Nov. 1968
Eritrea 28 May 1993
Estonia 17 Sep. 1991
Ethiopia 13 Nov. 1945
Fiji 13 Oct. 1970
Finland 14 Dec. 1955
France 24 Oct. 1945
Gabon 20 Sep. 1960
Gambia 21 Sep. 1965
Georgia 31 July 1992
Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany and the

German Democratic Republic were admitted
to membership in the United Nations on
18 September 1973. Through the accession
of the German Democratic Republic to the
Federal Republic of Germany, effective from
3 October 1990, the two German States
have united to form one sovereign State.

18 Sep. 1973
Ghana  8 Mar. 1957
Greece 25 Oct. 1945
Grenada 17 Sep. 1974
Guatemala 21 Nov. 1945
Guinea 12 Dec. 1958
Guinea-Bissau 17 Sep. 1974
Guyana  20 Sep. 1966
Haiti 24 Oct. 1945
Honduras 17 Dec. 1945
Hungary 14 Dec. 1955
Iceland 19 Nov. 1946
 India 30 Oct. 1945
Indonesia

By letter of 20 January 1965, Indonesia
announced its decision to withdraw from
the United Nations "at this stage and
under the present circumstances".
By telegram of 19 September 1966,
it announced its decision "to resume
full cooperation with the United Nations
and to resume participation in its activities".
On 28 September 1966, the General
Assembly took note of this decision
and the President invited representatives
of Indonesia to take seats in the Assembly.

28 Sep. 1950
Iran (Islamic Republic of)     24 Oct. 1945
Iraq 21 Dec. 1945
Ireland

14 Dec. 1955

Israel 11 May 1949
Italy 14 Dec. 1955
Jamaica 18 Sep. 1962
Japan 18 Dec. 1956
Jordan 14 Dec. 1955
Kazakhstan 2 Mar. 1992
Kenya 16 Dec. 1963
Kiribati 14 Sept. 1999
Kuwait 14 May 1963
Kyrgyzstan 2 Mar. 1992
Lao People's
Democratic Republic
14 Dec. 1955
Latvia 17 Sep. 1991
Lebanon 24 Oct. 1945
Lesotho 17 Oct. 1966
Liberia 2 Nov. 1945
Libyan
Arab Jamahiriya
14 Dec. 1955
Liechtenstein 18 Sep. 1990
Lithuania 17 Sep. 1991
Luxembourg 24 Oct. 1945
Madagascar 20 Sep. 1960
 Malawi 1 Dec. 1964
Malaysia

The Federation of Malaya joined the United
Nations on 17 September 1957.  On 16
September 1963, its name was changed
to Malaysia, following the admission to the
new federation of Singapore, Sabah
(North Borneo) and Sarawak. Singapore
became an independent State on 9 August
1965 and a Member of the United Nations
on 21 September 1965.

17 Sep. 1957
Maldives  21 Sep. 1965
Mali 28 Sep. 1960
Malta 1 Dec. 1964
Marshall Islands 17 Sep. 1991
Mauritania 27 Oct. 1961
Mauritius 24 Apr. 1968
Mexico 7 Nov. 1945
Micronesia
(Federated States of)
17 Sep. 1991
Monaco 28 May 1993
Mongolia 27 Oct. 1961
Montenegro

The membership of the State Union Serbia
and Montenegro in the United Nations,
including all organs and organizations
of the United Nations system, is continued by
the Republic of Serbia on the basis of Article 60
of the Constitutional Charter of Serbia
and Montenegro, activated by the Declaration
of Independence adopted by the National
Assembly of Montenegro on 3 June 2006.

The Republic of Montenegro was admitted as
a Member of the United Nations by General
Assembly resolution 60/264 of 28 June 2006.

28 June 2006
Morocco            12 Nov. 1956        
Mozambique 16 Sep. 1975
Myanmar 19 Apr. 1948
Namibia 23 Apr. 1990
Nauru 14 Sept. 1999
Nepal 14 Dec. 1955
Netherlands 10 Dec. 1945
New Zealand 24 Oct. 1945
Nicaragua 24 Oct. 1945
Niger 20 Sep. 1960
Nigeria 7 Oct. 1960
Norway 27 Nov. 1945
 Oman 7 Oct. 1971
Pakistan 30 Sep. 1947
 Palau 15 Dec. 1994
 Panama 13 Nov. 1945
Papua New Guinea 10 Oct. 1975
Paraguay 24 Oct. 1945
Peru 31 Oct. 1945
Philippines 24 Oct. 1945
Poland 24 Oct. 1945
Portugal 14 Dec. 1955
Qatar 21 Sep. 1971
Republic of Korea 17 Sep. 1991
Republic of Moldova 2 Mar. 1992
Romania 14 Dec. 1955
Russian Federation

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
was an original Member of the United Nations
from 24 October 1945. In a letter dated
24 December 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the President
of the Russian Federation, informed the
Secretary-General that the membership of the
Soviet Union in the Security Council and all other
United Nations organs was being continued by
the Russian Federation with the support of the
11 member countries of the Commonwealth
of Independent States.

24 Oct. 1945
Rwanda  18 Sep. 1962
Saint Kitts and Nevis 23 Sep. 1983
Saint Lucia  18 Sep. 1979
Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines
16 Sep. 1980
Samoa 15 Dec. 1976
San Marino 2 Mar. 1992
Sao Tome and Principe 16 Sep. 1975
Saudi Arabia  24 Oct. 1945
Senegal  28 Sep. 1960
Serbia 

The membership of the State Union Serbia
and Montenegro in the United Nations,
including all organs and organizations
of the United Nations system, is continued by
the Republic of Serbia on the basis of Article 60
of the Constitutional Charter of Serbia
and Montenegro, activated by the Declaration
of Independence adopted by the National
Assembly of Montenegro on 3 June 2006.

The Republic of Montenegro
was admitted as a Member
of the United Nations by General
Assembly resolution 60/264 of 28 June 2006.

1 Nov. 2000
Seychelles 21 Sep. 1976
Sierra Leone 27 Sep. 1961
Singapore 21 Sep. 1965
Slovakia

Czechoslovakia was an original Member of
the United Nations from 24 October 1945.
In a letter dated 10 December 1992, its
Permanent Representative informed the
Secretary-General that the Czech and Slovak
Federal Republic would cease to exist on
31 December 1992 and that the Czech Republic
and the Slovak Republic, as successor States,
would apply for membership in the United Nations.
Following the receipt of its application,
the Security Council, on 8 January 1993,
recommended to the General Assembly that
the Slovak Republic be admitted to United
Nations membership. The Slovak Republic
was thus admitted on 19 January of
that year as a Member State.

19 Jan. 1993
Slovenia

The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
was an original Member of the United Nations,
the Charter having been signed on its behalf
on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945,
until its dissolution following the establishment
and subsequent admission as new members
of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia,
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The Republic of Slovenia was admitted as a Member
of the United Nations by General Assembly
resolution A/RES/46/236 of 22 May 1992.

 22 May 1992
Solomon Islands 19 Sep. 1978
Somalia 20 Sep. 1960
South Africa  7 Nov. 1945
Spain 14 Dec. 1955
Sri Lanka 14 Dec. 1955
Sudan 12 Nov. 1956
Suriname 4 Dec. 1975
Swaziland 24 Sep. 1968
Sweden 19 Nov. 1946
Switzerland 10 Sep. 2002
Syrian Arab Republic

Egypt and Syria were original Members
of the United Nations from 24 October 1945.
Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958,
the United Arab Republic was established
by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued
as a single Member. On 13 October 1961,
Syria, having resumed its status as an
independent State, resumed its separate
membership in the United Nations.

24 Oct. 1945
Tajikistan   2 Mar. 1992
Thailand 16 Dec. 1946
The former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia

The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
was an original Member of the United Nations,
the Charter having been signed on its behalf
on 26 June 1945 and ratified 19 October 1945,
until its dissolution following the establishment
and subsequent admission as new members
of Bosnia and Herzegovina,
the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia,
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

By resolution A/RES/47/225 of 8 April 1993,
the General Assembly decided to admit as
a Member of the United Nations the State
being provisionally referred to for all purposes
within the United Nations as "The former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia" pending settlement of the
difference that had arisen over its name.

8 Apr. 1993
Timor-Leste 27 Sep. 2002      
Togo 20 Sep. 1960
Tonga 14 Sep. 1999
Trinidad and Tobago 18 Sep. 1962
 Tunisia 12 Nov. 1956
 Turkey 24 Oct. 1945
Turkmenistan 2 Mar. 1992
Tuvalu 5 Sept. 2000
Uganda 25 Oct. 1962
Ukraine  24 Oct. 1945
United Arab Emirates 9 Dec. 1971
United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland
24 Oct. 1945
United Republic
of Tanzania

Tanganyika was a Member of the United
Nations from 14 December 1961 and
Zanzibar was a Member from 16 December
1963. Following the ratification on 26 April 1964
of Articles of Union between Tanganyika and
Zanzibar, the United Republic of anganyika
and Zanzibar continued as a single Member,
changing its name to the United Republic
of Tanzania on 1 November 1964.

14 Dec. 1961
United States of America 24 Oct. 1945
Uruguay 18 Dec. 1945
Uzbekistan 2 Mar. 1992
Vanuatu 15 Sep. 1981
Venezuela
(Bolivarian Republic of)
15 Nov. 1945
Viet Nam 20 Sep. 1977
Yemen

Yemen was admitted to membership
in the United Nations on 30 September
1947 and Democratic Yemen on 14
December 1967. On 22 May 1990,
the two countries merged and have
since been represented as one
Member with the name "Yemen".

30 Sep. 1947
Zambia 1 Dec. 1964
Zimbabwe 25 Aug. 1980

Based on "Basics facts about the UN", DPI, 2004

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