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Universality of the United Nations means its aim to have as members, as far as possible, all states of the world. This was already proclaimed in the Moscow Declaration of 1943, which announced the Allied Powers' plan to establish &t;a general international organization, based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all peace-loving states, and open to membership by all such states, large and small, for the maintenance of international peace and security&t;. The principle of universality is implied in the constitutional structure established by the Charter of the UN. Universality of the UN, understood as an invitation of all states to join the Organization, is one of the reasons supporting the UN's assertion of a right to establish standards of conduct for all members of the international community.

Keywords: international community; international peace; international security; principle of universality; UN Charter; Universality of the United Nations

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