UN Logo and Flag

The logo and flag of the UN have become its symbols as it carries out its work on the world stage.  They have the practical effect of identifying the United Nations in areas of trouble and conflict to any and all parties concerned.  They are also aspirational symbols, for they speak to the hopes and dreams of people the world over, for peace and unity.

The flag of the United Nations, with its white emblem on a light blue field, flies from a pole in front of UN Headquarters in New York.

The Design

The original UN logo was created by a team of designers during the United Nations Conference on International Organization in 1945.  The design team was led by Oliver Lincoln Lundquist.

The United Nations Emblem

The design is "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, in gold on a field of smoke-blue with all water areas in white. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles" (original description of the emblem).

The United Nations Flag

The official emblem of the United Nations in white, centered on a light blue background.


The UN logo was approved on 7 December 1946.

Its Use

The UN logo has been incorporated into the logos of several UN Family members.  The logo is also used on United Nations stamps.

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