Observing the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations Charter

Dear Friends of the World Affairs Council,

Today we observe the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco. The Charter is a foundational treaty and binds its signatories to the articles, and places the Charter above all other treaties.

The United Nations was formed from the ashes of World War II and was committed to the maintenance of peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

We note with pride in Tennessee that the architect of the United Nations was Cordell Hull of Olympus in Pickett County, Tennessee. Hull, the longest serving U.S. Secretary of State (1933-1944), was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the UN’s formation and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called him “the father of the United Nations.”

We also tip our hat to our friends at the United Nations Association, Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter, the oldest such chapter in America, for their work in bringing attention to the works of the UN. (You can find a reminder about their upcoming Refugee Day panel below.)

On this 75th anniversary of the Charter we commend to your attention the many articles and videos about the role and history of the United Nations [here].

Let us leave you with a copy of the Preamble of the United Nations Charter. Happy birthday, UN.

 

 

 

Patrick Ryan, President TNWAC

Signed by representatives of 50 nations, June 26, 1945, at San Francisco, California.

PREAMBLE

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,

AND FOR THESE ENDS

  • to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
  • to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
  • to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
  • to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS

Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

 

UN ASSOCIATION – WORLD REFUGEE DAY, YOU’RE INVITED / JUNE 27

Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. And UN Secretary-General António Guterres reminds us, “This year, the COVID-19 pandemic poses an additional threat to refugees and displaced people, who are among the most vulnerable.” In recognition of World Refugee Day 2020 you are invited to join our friends at the UN Association USA | Cordell Hull Chapter for a special panel discussion, “Seeking a Home in Nashville.” You will learn about the various local organizations that help empower refugees, the refugee experience in Nashville, as well as how we can advocate for this vibrant and diverse population. Panelists include: Jose Gonzalez, representing Conexion Americas; Kayo Beshir; representing TIRRC and Pedro Ndome, representing Congo Renaissance Breath Corporation (CRBC). Details: SATURDAY, JUNE 27 @ 11:30a-1:30p. Online: < meet.google.com/omb-ydcz-mhd >

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THE MISSION of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Tennessee World Affairs Council is to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare Tennesseans to thrive in our increasingly complex and connected world.

THE VISION of  the Tennessee World Affairs Council is a well-informed community that thinks critically about the world and the impact of global events.   


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