Celebrate the Signing of the United Nations Charter

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On 26 June 2015, the United Nations – and the world – celebrates the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations.

The United Nations Iconic Founding Document


Preamble of the United Nations Charter,1945. (UN Photo) 

The United Nations Conference on International Organization, commonly known as the San Francisco Conference, was held from 25 April – 26 June 1945.  

…representatives of over eighty per cent of the world’s population, people of every race, religion and continent; all determined to set up an organization which would preserve peace and help build a better world… they had to produce a Charter acceptable to all the countries. (History of the UN)

In San Francisco, the Charter of the United Nations would be discussed, debated, and, on 26 June 1945, signed. China, first victim of aggression by an Axis power, would have the honour of being the first to sign the Charter. 

On 24 October 1945, the Charter entered into force and the United Nations formally came into existence. 


Learn More!

UN Documentation Research Guide: Charter of the United Nations

Research an Article of the United Nations Charter

The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary

History of the UN Charter

Watch the history of the United Nations unfold a document at a time at: 70 Years, 70 Documents: An Exhibit.

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