Origins of the United Nations

Origins of the UN


The origins of the United Nations started off as an alliance of 26 nations (headed by the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union) to fight the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) during the Second World War. 

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The United Nations was set up in 1945 in part to manage post-war transformation and to provide a forum where countries might settle differences before they led to war. It was seen as one way that erstwhile wartime allies might work cooperatively to shape the world after the Second World War. 


The main aims of the UN are to solve international conflict and prevent war, fight poverty and promote sustainable economic development, and protect human rights.


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