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Last Updated: 03/26/2014
United Nations Quiz, March 2014
Ross Ryan and Hye Young Kim

How well do you know the UN? Take our quiz and find out!

  1. At the 68th session of the UN General Assembly Held in October 2013, five of the ten non-permanent seats in the Security Council were elected for the 2014-2015 term. Which country below was NOT included in the group of new members?
    1. Jordan
    2. Republic of Korea
    3. Chile
    4. Lithuania

  2. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2139, passed by a unanimous vote of the Council on February 22, 2014, calls on all parties to permit free access to humanitarian aid in which country?
    1. Central African Republic
    2. Syria
    3. Ukraine
    4. Venezuela
    5. South Sudan

  3. Resolution 377 (V) states the following:
    «If the Security Council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security in any case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression, the General Assembly shall consider the matter immediately with a view to making appropriate recommendations to Members for collective measures, including in the case of a breach of the peace or act of aggression the use of armed force when necessary, to maintain or restore international peace and security. If not in session at the time, the General Assembly shall therefore meet in emergency special session within twenty-four hours of the request. Such emergency special session may be called if requested by the Security Council on the vote of any seven members [nine since 1965], or by a majority of the Members of the United Nations.»
    What is this mechanism commonly known as?
    1. Collective Peace and Security
    2. Peace Measures of the General Assembly
    3. Uniting for Peace
    4. The Complementarity Principle for Peace

  4. What is the mechanism, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, through which states declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations?
    1. Universal Statement of National Commitment to Human Rights (USNCHR)
    2. Periodic Report on Human Rights (PRHR)
    3. Annual Review of Human Rights (ARHR)
    4. Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
    5. Annual Human Rights Check-up (AHRCU)

  5. Currently, which of the following states is not a member of the Human Rights Council (HRC)?
    1. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
    2. Canada
    3. Kazakhstan
    4. Kuwait
    5. Ireland

  6. Which of the following UN peacekeeping operations is no longer active?
    1. UNDOF
    2. UNFICYP
    3. UNOCI
    4. UNMIT

  7. One of the primary functions of UN Women is “To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.” What is the current global policy framework on womens empowerment and gender equality guiding the work of both CSW and UN Women?
    1. Ottawa Convention on the Rights of Women (1992)
    2. Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995)
    3. Washington Consensus on the Status of Women and Girls (2008)
    4. Seoul Protocol and Policy Framework (2010)
    5. San Jose Roadmap to Gender Equality and Peace (2012)

  8. UN General Assembly resolution 64/289 on system-wide coherence (A/RES/64/289) established UN Women in 2010 by transferring several existing entities into a unified entity under a single Executive Board. Which of the following entities is NOT among those which were transferred into UN Women?
    1. the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women
    2. the Division for the Advancement of Women of the Secretariat
    3. the United Nations Development Fund for Women
    4. the UNESCO Chair for Gender Mainstreaming

  9. Which of the following has been universally ratified by all UN member states?
    1. Convention on the Rights of the Child
    2. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
    3. Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
    4. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment

  10. In July 2013 UNEP published its first discussion paper on a post-2015 agenda. What is its title?
    1. Embedding the Environment in Sustainable Development Goals
    2. Sustaining Development Efforts Beyond the Millennium Development Goals
    3. Sustainable Development and Global Action on Climate Change
    4. Achieving Food Security as a Sustainable Development Goal

  11. In 2009, the African Union adopted a 'Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention)' to provide legal protection and assistance to millions of people displaced by war or disaster within their own countries. It was the first of its kind in the world and came into force on 6th December 2012. Which of the following countries has neither signed nor ratified the Kampala Convention?
    1. Democratic Republic of Congo
    2. South Sudan
    3. Kenya
    4. Uganda

  12. Which of the following has NOT been recognized by the United Nations as an official “international year” of the 2000s or 2010s?
    1. International Year of Water Cooperation
    2. International Year for the Culture of Peace
    3. International Year of the Family
    4. International Year of Forests

  13. According to the UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2015, which of the following subregions has the greatest «population of concern»?
    1. East Asia and the Pacific
    2. the Middle East
    3. East and Horn of Africa
    4. Central Africa and the Great Lakes
    5. Latin America

  14. Which of the following is NOT a «principal organ» of the United Nations?
    1. United Nations Secretariat
    2. International Court of Justice
    3. United Nations Development Programme
    4. United Nations Economic and Social Council

  15. Under Article 41 of the Chapter VII of UN Charter, the Security Council can take enforcement measures to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such measures range from economic and/or other sanctions not involving the use of armed force to international military action. Currently, how many sanctions regimes are in force?
    1. 13
    2. 17
    3. 19
    4. 21

Ross Ryan edits the Peace and Conflict Monitor, Hye Young Kim is a social researcher currently based in the Caribbean.