Panama and the UN


San Francisco, June 26, 1945. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Jiménez, signing the United Nations Charter

In June, 1945, the Republic of Panama became one of the 50 signatory states and creators of the United Nations Charter. Since then, Panama has been fully committed to uphold the principles and purposes of this august Organization.

As a founding member of the United Nations, Panama has had an active role in its affairs throughout the years. To date, our nation has been an elected member of the Security Council on 5 separate periods, from 1958-1959, 1972-1973, 1976-1977, 1982-1983 and 2007-2008. Panama was also a member of the Economic and Social Council in the 1966-1968, 1986-1988 and 2004-2006 periods.

Part of the international discussions that contributed to Panama’s sovereignty over the Panama Canal happened in the United Nations. In this matter, one of the most significant events was a meeting of the Security Council in Panama City in March, 1973—one of only 7 times that the body has met outside of its New York headquarters.

Within the United Nations system, Panama also participates in the Central American Integration System, the Rio Group, the Group of 77 and China, the Group of Latin American States and the Non-Aligned Movement.


“The Golden Rule”, mosaic, by Norman Rockwell

© 2010 Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations