Jun 26 2015

United Nations Fails To Live Up to Principles 70 Years After Charter Signed

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GUEST: James Paul, former executive director of Global Policy Forum. He recently wrote an article for the Interpress Service entitled The United Nations Disappoints on its 70th Anniversary.

Seventy years ago today, the United Nations Charter was signed at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in California. The Charter is the foundational treaty of the UN, and was signed by 50 out of 51 signatories. The goal of the organization, as per that charter was “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

The very first principle in the UN Charter is “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.”

By most measures the UN, although noble in its aspirations, has failed to live up to its stated principles.

Click here to read James Paul’s article about the UN Charter.

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