UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned that the world body is facing its own “1945 moment” and noted that efforts need to be made to “reach that moment.”
“We’re facing our own 1945 moment in this 75th anniversary year. Xinhua news agency quoted Guterres as saying at a press conference at UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, that we have to reach that moment.
To resolve today’s emergency, we must show solidarity like never before, get the world going and functioning and prospering again, and uphold the Charter vision, “he added.”
After World War II, the United Nations was established with the aim of preventing future wars, succeeding in the ineffective League of Nations.
Fifty government representatives gathered for a conference in San Francisco on April 25, 1945, and began drafting the UN Charter, which was adopted on June 25, 1945, and came into effect on October 24, the same year.
According to the Charter, the goals of the organization include the preservation of international peace and security, the defense of human rights, the provision of humanitarian assistance, the promotion of sustainable development, and the observance of international law.
At its founding, the UN had 51 member states. The membership now is 193, representing almost all of the world’s sovereign states.