Strengthening the United Nations

  • Mohammed M. Zaki


The United Nations (UN) came into being in 1945 at the end of World War II with the aim of ensuring pacific resolution to disputes between nations, to prevent disputes from escalating into war, to persuade opposing parties to use the negotiating table rather than the force of arms, and to help restore peace when conflict breaks out. The memory of the horrendous consequences of the Second World War were fresh when the UN Charter was drawn up, hence the preamble to the UN Charter was a fitting document whose opening paragraph read:

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.1


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