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1 Formation of the United Nations

2 Formation The United Nations was created at the end of the Second World War, replacing the League of Nations US President Franklin D Roosevelt was a driving force behind the creation of the United Nations The name “United Nations” was used by Roosevelt to describe the alliance fighting the Axis powers in World War 2

3 The four policemen World peace was to be maintained by what Roosevelt described as the “four policemen”including the US, UK, USSR and China, acting together to prevent conflict These four policemen, along with France, became the five permanent members of the UN Security Council The USSR initially opposed China’s inclusion as one of the “policemen”, but Roosevelt insisted. Churchill was not happy about it either. The United Nations was created at the end of the Second World War, replacing the League of Nations US President Franklin D Roosevelt was a driving force behind the creation of the United Nations The name “United Nations” was used by Roosevelt to describe the alliance fighting the Axis powers in World War 2

4 The birth of the United Nations
June 26, 1945: representatives of 50 countries sign the charter of the United Nations at a conference in San Francisco UN officially comes into existence on October 24, 1945


6 The structure of the UN Security Council: responsible for peace, has 15 members General Assembly: main deliberative forum of the UN has 191 members The UN Secretariat headed by the Secretary General International Court of Justice based in The Hague, Holland Economic and Social Council- deals with issues of economic development Specialized agencies such as the World Health Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, International Labor Organization, the World Bank, the IMF, the ICC

7 The preamble to the Charter
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,

8 Article 1 The Purposes of the United Nations are:
1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace; 2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace; 3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and 4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

9 Article 2 The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles. 1. The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members. 2. All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter. 3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and. justice, are not endangered. 4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations. 5. All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action. 6. The Organization shall ensure that states which are not Members of the United Nations act in accordance with these Principles so far as may be necessary for the maintenance of international peace and security. 7. Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter VII

10 The Security Council The Security Council has five permanent members: US, UK, France, Russia and China. 10 other countries elected for two year terms Not all members are equal: permanent members have the power of veto Charter gives the Security Council “primary responsibility for international peace and security”

11 The UN Charter outlawed war except in self-defense
All members were to settle their disputes peacefully Members were to refrain from the threat of force, or the use of force against other member states The Security Council, not individual countries, was to decide whether military force is to be used. Countries were supposed to keep a certain proportion of their armed forces for use by the United Nations

12 What does the Security Council do to maintain peace?
If the Security Council decides there is a threat to international peace it normally begins by calling for negotiations to resolve the problem The UN Secretary General or his representative talks to the countries involved and urges them to settle the problem How is this structure similar and different from the LoN?

13 If that does not work… Can impose diplomatic and economic sanctions
Air and sea blockades If there is still no progress the Security Council can authorize military action

14 In more than 50 years, the UN Security Council has only authorized military action in the following cases Korea Somalia Bosnia Gulf War In all these cases different countries have undertaken military action with the permission of the UN. The UN itself has not gone to war

15 The United Nations system was based on the
belief that the great powers who won the Second World War would continue their war time alliance, and continue to work together to maintain world peace. That never happened.

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