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History Of The UN

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The history of the United Nations since its foundation in 1945 reflects very clearly the prevailing state of international relations, in particular in the changes in the attitude of the governments and of the public in the member states towards the world organization. This history reflects the capability and incapability, respectively, of state governments to prevent wars, to settle disputes peacefully and to cooperate in a constructive manner. If one tries to draw a conclusion from a critical review of UN history for the reform debate, it could be the following. Formal amendments to the Charter as they are suggested for the Security Council and ECOSOC are difficult to realize, and were seldom really necessary in UN history. The UN has time and again found practical solutions under the threshold of Charter revisions in reaction to crisis situations.

Keywords: dispute settlement; environmental protection; human rights protection; peacekeeping missions; UN history

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