History of the United Nations

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  • Declaration at St. James' Palace

    Declaration at St. James' Palace
    During the 12th month of World War II representatives from multiple countries and exiled governments met at St. James' Palace and signed a declaration.
  • Atlantic Charter Created

    Atlantic Charter Created
    President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchhill met to create a joint declaration known as the Atlantic Charter-- an affirmation of common principles and national policies.
  • Atlantic Charter is Signed

    Atlantic Charter is Signed
    Many countries signed the Atlantic Charter and pledged to cooperate with the principles.
  • President Roosevelt Coined the Name "United Nations"

    President Roosevelt Coined the Name "United Nations"
    During the World War II, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the term "United nations" during the Declaration by United Nations, when representatives from 26 nations pledged to continue fighting against the Axis powers.
  • Moscow Declaration

    Moscow Declaration
    The United States Secretary of State and representatives of other countries signed the Moscow Declaration- a document that pledged further action against the enemies surrender and the need for an international peacekeeping organization
  • Dumbarton Oaks Conference

    Dumbarton Oaks Conference
    Representatives from countries met at Dumbarton Oaks to propose a structure for the world organization needed in Clause 4 in the Moscow Declaration which was submitted to the United Nations for debate.
  • Yalta Conference

    Yalta Conference
    The voting procedure for the Dumbarton Oaks proposals was done in Yalta. The representatives met at a conference and once everything was resolved, summoned the San Francisco Conference.
  • President Roosevelt Dies

    President Roosevelt Dies
    The unexpected death of President Roosevelt- who had a large impact on the San Francisco Conference, made other representatives fear that the conference might be postponed yet President Truman carried out the arrangments so everything went on schedule. 
  • The United Nations Charter is Created

    The United Nations Charter is Created
    Representatives from 50 countries created the United Nations Charter at the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Fransisco.
  • The United Nations are Officially Established

    The United Nations are Officially Established
    The United Nations officially came into existence.
  • First General Assembly

    First General Assembly
    In Central Hall, Westminster, London held the first General Assembly.
  • First Security Council

    First Security Council
    The first Security Council is held in London.
  • General Assembly's First Resolution

    General Assembly's First Resolution
    The General Assembly comes to its first resolution. It focuses on peaceful uses of atomic energy and the elimination of other mass destruction weapons
  • First Secretary-General Appointed

    First Secretary-General Appointed
    Trygve Lie is appointed as the first Secretary- General.
  • Trygve Lie's Inaugural Speech

    Trygve Lie's Inaugural Speech
    February 2, 1946, Trygve Lie gives his Inaugural speech to the General Assembly in London.
  • "United Nations Day" Created

    "United Nations Day" Created
    The General Assembly officially creates "United Nations Day".
  • First Peacekeeping Operation

    First Peacekeeping Operation
    The United Nations established its first peacekeeping operation: UNTSO.
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    In Paris, the Generall Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • New York Hedquarters Officially Established

    New York Hedquarters Officially Established
    On the United Nation's birthday, there is a ceremony cornerstone laying to officially establish the New York headquarters.
  • First Emergency Peace-Keeping Force

    First Emergency Peace-Keeping Force
    The first UN emergency peace-keeping force (UNEF) is created.
  • Declaration of the Rights of the Child

    Declaration of the Rights of the Child
    The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the General Assembly.
  • First Governing Council

    First Governing Council
    The UN has its first session of the Governing Council.
  • Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

    Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
    The Treaty of the Non- Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is adopted by the General Assembly.
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

    International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
    The UN holds the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
  • First World Food Conference

    First World Food Conference
    The first World Food Conference is held. This leads to the Universal Declaration on the Eradication of Hunger and Malnutrition.
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

    Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
    The General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
  • Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief

    Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief
    The Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief is adopted by the General Assembly.
  • Convention on the Law of the Sea

    Convention on the Law of the Sea
    The UN signs the Convention on the Law of the Sea. The treaty had the largest amount of signatures compared to any other treaty on its first day.
  • Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

    Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
    The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is adopted by the General Assembly.
  • Montreal Protocol

    Montreal Protocol
    The UN put the Montreal Protocol into practice, a treaty in favor of protecting the Ozone Layer.
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Convention on the Rights of the Child
    The Convention on the Rights of the Child comes into practice.
  • First Security Council Summit

    First Security Council Summit
    The UN holds its first Security Council Summit in New York.
  • Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
    The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is adopted by the General Assembly.
  • Declaration on Human Cloning

    Declaration on Human Cloning
    On March 8, 2005, UN Member States adopt a Declaration on Human Cloning during the Special Session on Children.
  • International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism

    International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism
    The International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism is adopted by the General Assembly.
  • Peacekeeping Commission Created

    Peacekeeping Commission Created
    The UN General Assembly creates the Peacekeeping Commission to help countries coming out of conflict achieve peace.
  • Human Rights Council Created

    Human Rights Council Created
    The Human Rights Council is established by the General Assembly. The purpose of the council is to protect violated human rights.
  • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

    The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 
    The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is put into practice. 
  • UN Women

    UN Women
    UN Women is created by the General Assembly. The organization focuses on female empowerment and gender equality.
  • First UN Youth Assembly

    First UN Youth Assembly
    First UN Youth Assembly with the attendance of Malala Yousafzai- the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for receiving an education. Malala Yousafzai rallies the UN to use education as a way to fight against extremism.
  • Paris Climate Agreement Adopted

    Paris Climate Agreement Adopted
    The Paris Climate Agreement is adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
  • Paris Climate Agreement Signed

    Paris Climate Agreement Signed
    The Paris Climate Agreement is signed by 175 countries who pledged to keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.
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    First International Organizations Established

    International organizations were first established in states to work on specific issues, such as the International Telecommunication Union (founded 1865) and the Universal Postal Union (founded 1874).
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    International Peace Conference Created

    The International Peace Conference was organized to help find ways to calm crises peacefully and to prevent warfare. Later it established the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 1902.
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    First UN Enviroment Conference

    In Stockholm, Sweden, the first UN Environment Conference is held. This leads to the creation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
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    First World Conference on Women

    The first World Conference on Women is held in Mexico City during "International Women's Year".
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    First Special Session on Disarmament

    The UN has its first special session on disarmament.
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    Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS

    The General Assembly adopted the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.