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10 Reasons The UN Is Pretty Great

Since everyone loves a good birthday, let’s take a minute to talk about how the UN, at the ripe age of 68, is still pretty awesome.

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1. Kid President likes the UN.

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This August, Kid President took over the UN’s headquarters to get to the bottom of the question, “what does the world need more of?” Hugs. The answer is hugs.

4. The UN stands for LGBT rights.

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Unlike some global leaders, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said time and time again that LGBT rights are human rights. And if you haven’t watched the UN Free & Equal's "Riddle" campaign video, prepare to be moved.


5. The UN prevents war.


When the Obama administration was all like “we need military action in Syria,” the UN Security Council was all like “let’s figure this out diplomatically.” And they are. Now UN experts are working hand-in-hand with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as it works to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.


9. The UN changes with the times.


No way around it, the tents you normally see at refugee camps could stand to be more durable. That's why UNHCR teamed up with IKEA to build better homes for the millions of refugees it assists worldwide. No word yet if IKEA’s allen wrench will be included.

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