U.N. Day: Strengthening and Reforming

Rene Wadlow

24 October is U.N. Day, marking the day when there were enough ratifications including those of the five permanent members of the proposed Security Council for the U.N. Charter to come into force.  It is a day not only of celebration, but also a day for looking at how the U.N. system can be strengthened, and when necessary, reformed.

There have been a number of periods when proposals for new or different United Nations structures were proposed and discussed.  The first was in the 1944-1945 period when the Charter was being drafted.  Some who had lived through the decline and then death of the League of Nations wanted a stronger world institution, able to move more quickly and effectively in times of crisis or at the start of armed conflict.

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