2017 Edition of the UN Card - UN Action in a wallet-sized format

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Global | iSeek

Next time you’ll be asked “What does the United Nations actually do”? you will have 10 powerful facts handy with the 2017 edition of The UN Card. 

The 2017 edition of The UN Card - previously known as Every Day Card - brings you an update to 10 actions of the UN, that show in quantifiable terms how the daily work of UN colleagues affects the lives of people around the globe.

Since the original publication in 2009, The UN Card has become a highly popular and versatile outreach tool. The cards are frequent travel companions of the Secretary-General and other UN senior officials; they have been translated into local languages by UN Information Centres and are adapted by partners such as the UN Foundation for their own outreach work on behalf of the UN.

Those 10 facts on issues related to humanitarian aid and response, preventive diplomacy and food security serve as a reminder of what the Organization strives for. It may surprise friends but also well-informed colleagues - and even die hard UN skeptics.

Here are the facts highlighted this year. The United Nations:

  1. Provides food and assistance to 80 million people in 80 countries
  2. Supplies vaccines to 45% of the world’s children, helping save 3 million lives a year
  3. Assists and protects 65.3 million people fleeing war, famine and persecution
  4. Works with 195 nations to keep the global temperature from rising above 2°C/3.6°F
  5. Keeps peace with 117,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents
  6. Fights extreme poverty, helping improve the lives of more than 1.1 billion people
  7. Protects and promotes human rights globally and through 80 treaties/declarations
  8. Coordinates US$22.5 billion appeal for the humanitarian needs of 93.5 million people
  9. Uses diplomacy to prevent conflict: assists some 67 countries a year with their elections
  10. Supports maternal health, helping over 1 million women a month overcome pregnancy risks

The Department of Public Information updates the cards on an annual basis, checking facts and figures with UN agencies, designing new graphics and adding new key achievements. It is of course impossible to include all but a snapshot of the UN family’s work.

Duty Stations, Information Centres, Permanent Mission delegates are invited to download a high resolution version of the cards in all six official languages for local printing (in pdf).

PDF version:


Print version (with crop marks):


As in previous years, the Card will be available in all official languages plus a wide number of other languages.