Flag of the United Nations

Vexillology

The flag of the United Nations consists of the official emblem of the organization in white placed centrally on a light blue background. It was adopted on 20 October 1947 with the adoption of the Resolution 167 (II).

Ever since the formation of the United Nations in 1945, the need and desire to create a flag that would symbolize the organization were imposed. Thus, the United States Secretary of State Edward Stenetius, Jr. as a chairperson of the U.S. delegation formed a committee, headed by architect Oliver Lincoln Lundquist, that developed the design.

The emblem of the UN, which is the central symbol of the flag, was designed by architect Donal McLaughlin and was adopted on 7 December 1946. Its official description reads: “A map of the world representing an azimuthal equidistant projection centred on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree, … The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.“

The olive branches symbolize peace, while the map of the world represents all the people and the countries of the world. The white and light blue are the official colors of the United Nations and symbolize the hopes and dreams of people the world over for peace and unity.