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United Nations Day Founded 68 Years Ago

on October 24, 2013 - 8:15am

The United Nations was founded 68 years ago on Oct. 24, 1945. The olive branches on the UN flag symbolize peace. The world map depicts the area of concern to the United Nations in achieving its main purpose, peace and security. Photo by Skip Dunn

 

UNITED NATIONS DAY
By SKIP DUNN

Following the failure and collapse of the post World War I League of Nations and subsequent World War II, a group of 51 nations drew up the Charter for a new United Nations. The preamble to the Charter rings true today for the now 193 member states (nations):

WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

  • to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
  • to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
  • to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
  • to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

AND FOR THESE ENDS

  • to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
  • to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
  • to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
  • to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS

Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

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