On 20 October 1947 the General Assembly adopted resolution 167 (II) on the United Nations Flag.
Description: The official emblem of the United Nations in white, centered on a light blue background (colour code PMS 279 in the Pantone Matching System).
Proportions: Hoist (width) : Fly (length) 2:3 or 3:5 or the same proportions as the national flag of any country in which the UN flag is flown. The emblem is one half of the hoist and is entirely centered.
Use: The use of the flag is regulated by the United Nations Flag Code and Regulations (ST/SGB/132) of January 1967.
Description: The design is "a map of the world representing an azimuthal equidistant projection centered 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" (A/107).
Symbolism: The olive branches symbolize peace. The world map depicts the area of concern to the United Nations in achieving its main purpose; peace and security.
Use: The use of the emblem is restricted. The restrictions are based on the following documents: