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We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war...., to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights... to establish conditions under which justice ... can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life....

The United Nations was set up after the Second World War with the aim of stamping out war and safeguarding basic human freedoms. As we move into a new century, BBC News Online takes stock of the world body, and asks what its main achievements have been in recent years, and where it is headed.

Click on the links to read about the challenges facing the UN.