• Peter R. Baehr
  • Leon Gordenker


Representatives of 50 countries met on 25 April 1945 in San Francisco to write a document that, it was hoped, would guide the world to an era of peace and well-being. As the United Nations Conference on International Organization opened, the reek of war was fresh but hope for the future surged among the people of the nearly victorious Allied states. The Conference debated and eventually approved the Charter of the United Nations and thus the creation of a new world organization.


Security Council Legal Obligation International Politics Sovereign State International Peace 
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© Peter R. Baehr and Leon Gordenker 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter R. Baehr
    • 1
  • Leon Gordenker
    • 2
  1. 1.HeemstedeNetherlands
  2. 2.PrincetonUSA

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