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United Nations

The flag of the United Nations was adopted in October 1947, and consists of the official emblem of the United Nations in white on a blue background. The emblem's 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. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles.

The blue that appears in the background of the insignia was chosen to be "the opposite of red, the war colour". The current logo was designed so that the globe is bisected in the centre by the Prime Meridian and the International Date Line. The olive branches are a symbol for peace, and the world map represents all the people of the world.

White and blue are the official colours of the United Nations. According to the "Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel", the emblem and the flag of the United Nations can be used by the personnel and material of UN Peacekeeping missions as a protective sign to prevent attacks during an armed conflict.




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