United Nations Charter


In a daylong ceremony on June 26, 1945, the nations that participated in the United Nations Conference on International Organization, representing more than 80 percent of the world's population, signed the United Nations Charter at the Veterans Building in San Francisco, California. The first nation to sign was China, which was also the first nation to have been attacked in World War II (by Japan). In the months that followed, the participating nations ratified the charter, which entered into force on October 24, 1945.

The United Nations Charter was the result of two months of...

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Garden at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress)

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