On June 26, 1945, the representatives of 50 nations signed into effect the United Nations charter and pledged their determination "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war".
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Background: On June 26, 1945, the representatives of 50 nations signed into effect the United Nations charter and pledged their determination "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war". Twenty five years later the world body has 126 member nations, and is still trying to bring peace to the world.
Wars and rumours of wars have ceaselessly plagued the United Nations during its first quarter of a century. Today, the U.N. is playing no significant part in the quest for peace in Indo China, and remains incapable of enforcing a ceasefire in the Middle East of halting conflicts in Africa. the world body's limited achievements in recent years have been principally confined to the economic sphere notably in providing aid to developing countries.
Recently, Secretary General U Thant, said that little political progress had been achieved during the past 25 years.
Ideally, the United Nations would succeed. It seeks to bring all nations together under a common cause to sit around the conference table and sort out differences. But in practice it has failed. Since its inception the United Nations hasn't succeeded in bringing a world conflict to a peaceful conclusion. It has mediated and brought unstable peace to places like Korea but in essence it has acted as little more than a conscience.
The United Nations enters the 70's in two minds. On one side lies original conception of bringing peace to the world...on the other is its technical aid programme. The world body's advisors will need to take a long hard look at the results of the past 25 years before deciding which course to take.