Sep 17
Library of the United Nations Geneva
The UN before the UN

Not many know that the United Nations were celebrated even before the creation of the UN in 1945. Indeed, the UN was celebrated before 1945 when the Charter was signed. At the peak of the Second world war, allied nations began discussions around the idea of a global organization to foster unity and cooperation after the conflict. The idea gained ground progressively and more and more countries rallied around it, laying the foundations of the current UN system. People in many cities such as London, Cairo, Paris or Oswego, NY, would cheer for the United Nations, long before the Charter was adopted in 1945.

This Library Talk explores the critical period between 1942 and 1945 and how an idea born during the war became the global organization we know today, and how it has contributed to shaping modern multilateralism.

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