United Nations Established


Less than two months after the end of World War II, the United Nations was formally established with the ratification of the United Nations Charter by the five permanent members of the Security Council and a majority of other signatories. The date was October 24, 1945, 71 years ago today.

The first UN General Assembly, with 51 nations represented, opened in London on January 10, 1946. On October 24, 1949, exactly four years after the United Nations Charter went into effect, the cornerstone was laid for the present United Nations headquarters, located in New York City. Since 1945, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded five times to the United Nations and its organizations and five times to individual UN officials.

One can argue the effectiveness of the United Nations, going forward. What is indisputable is that it has not fulfilled its mission to “end all war for all time.” The fact is, there have been more wars since the UN charter was signed than in the 100 years before then.

Man cannot legislate peace. That comes only from God to those seeking his face. There will never be peace until Christ is seated at the conference table.


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