If a period in world history had to be picked as the most chaotic and depressing, it would have to be the years from 1939 to 1945. World War II would wipe out the lives of many people around the world, especially from Europe. After such a disastrous event, some nations realized that it was time to put a stop to all the deaths and tears. Before World War II would officially come to an end and with a fear of a Third World War, 50 nations officially signed the charter that gave birth to the United Nations on June 26, 1945 in San Francisco.
Many of us have heard of this organization, but what is its purpose exactly? The mission of the United Nations is to save countries from going to war against each other. It also values social progress and it promotes better standards for people. Furthermore, and most importantly, it wants countries to cherish the value and dignity of the human person. Basically, it asks for the equality of men and women worldwide.
As of now there are 193 countries that are members of the United Nations. In reality, this number comprises 99 percent of the world. The nice thing about this organization is that each country, no matter how small or how poor it is, has one vote, just like the other rich, powerful nation, when it comes to making decisions.
Even though its constitution was signed in San Francisco, the United Nations headquarters is located in New York City. Six official languages are used in the United Nations: English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, and Chinese.
The date of June 26, 1945 should be remembered as an important step towards the survival of humanity. Yes, it is true that there are still wars even after the creation of the United Nations. Thankfully, there has not been one similar to World War II and God forbid such thing from ever happening again. The truth is that there are about 6.8 billion people in this world, so it will be a little complicated for everyone to agree. Think about it, with the establishment of this institution, a lot of progress towards peace has been made. The goal has not been achieved yet, and who knows when and if it will actually happen. However, I would like to end this week's article with a famous saying: "While there's life, there's hope."