What is the United Nations Honour Flag?

Introduction The United Nations Honour Flag (also termed the United Nations Flag, the Honour Flag, or the Four Freedoms Flag, with alternate spelling “Honor” also used) was a flag symbolising the Allies of World War II and their goal of world peace. It was designed in October 1942 by Brooks Harding (who was inspired by… Read More


What is the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons?

Introduction The United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW or CCWC), concluded at Geneva on 10 October 1980, and entered into force in December 1983, seeks to prohibit or restrict the use of certain conventional weapons which are considered excessively injurious or whose effects are indiscriminate. The full title is Convention on Prohibitions or… Read More

An Overview of the Allies of World War II

Introduction The Allies, formally referred to as the United Nations from 1942, were an international military coalition formed during the Second World War (1939-1945) to oppose the Axis powers, led by Nazi Germany, the Empire of Japan, and the Kingdom of Italy. Its principal members by the end of 1941 were the United Kingdom, United… Read More

An Overview of the Centre for Global Nonkilling

Introduction The Centre for Global Nonkilling (originally known as the Centre for Global Nonviolence) is an international non-profit organisation focused on the promotion of change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world. The Centre for Global Nonkilling is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations (UN’s) Economic and Social… Read More

An Overview of the League of Nations

Introduction The League of Nations (French: Société des Nations) was the first worldwide intergovernmental organisation whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. It was founded on 10 January 1920 by the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War. The main organisation ceased operations on 20 April 1946 but many of its components… Read More

An Overview of the University for Peace?

Introduction The University for Peace (UPEACE) is an international, graduate-only research university and intergovernmental organisation. The university was established as a treaty organisation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1980. Each year, the University for Peace selects approximately 200 students globally for a master’s programme (MA or MSc) related to the study of peace… Read More

An Overview of the UN Mercenary Convention

Introduction The United Nations Mercenary Convention, officially the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, is a 2001 United Nations treaty that prohibits the recruitment, training, use, and financing of mercenaries. At the 72nd plenary meeting on 04 December 1989, the United Nations General Assembly concluded the convention as its resolution… Read More