Twenty-five years ago, in September 1945, the United Nations preparatory commission held its first meeting in London.
GV Church House, Westminster.
GV Delegates in conference room
LV Dr Wellington Koo seated at table
SCU Mr. Gromyko and M. Massigly of France seated
SCU Other delegates
SV Dr Koo rises to speak, calling on Gromyko to speak.
SV Gromyko speaking
GV Delegates (Silent shot)
CU Noel-Baker speaks
SEQ. 7: GROMYKO: Mr Chairman, it seems to me that our work at this stage is a most important technical operation. On its success depends whether the first meetings of the General Assembly, the Security Council and the other organs of the United Nations are conducted with efficiency and dispatch.
SEQ. 9: Mr Chairman, I think two things are essential. First we must bring into being an international civil service dedicated to the service of the United Nations, and second, we must see to it that the ordinary men and women in every country in the world are kept in touch with what we are doing here.
Initials SAW/AW/CO/0.49 SAW/AW/CO/1.09
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Background: Twenty-five years ago, in September 1945, the United Nations preparatory commission held its first meeting in London. At these meetings details of the International organisation, which this week celebrates a quarter century of activities, were worked out.
The delegates at the 1945 meeting included the Chairman, Mr Wellington Koo representing the Kuomintang China Government; Mr Phillip Noel-Baker (UK); Mr Andrei Gromyko (Soviet Union); and M. Rene Massigly (France). After a meeting on the 3rd of September, Mr. Gromyko said:
THE UNITED STATES DELEGATE, MR NOEL-BAKER: