United Nations

United Nations Oral History

The United Nations Oral History Collection of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library consists of a series of interviews with eminent persons and serving and former staff members of United Nations recorded over many years. The interviews cover a wide range of major world events and issues.

The interviews shed light on the history of the founding of the Organization and its important role in conflict resolution since 1945. They also provide a wealth of information for scholars and the media to illuminate the activities of the United Nations during turbulent periods in world history for research and public awareness.

This site provides the audio files and transcripts of the interviews.

In The Spotlight

Gen. Carlos P. Romulo

June 26, 2012 commemorates the 67th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, the constituting instrument of the Organization. On this auspicious occasion, we spotlight Carlos P. Romulo, publisher, teacher, writer, diplomat and soldier, who, as head of the Philippine delegation to the San Francisco Conference in 1945, played a pivotal role in the initial drafting and subsequent signing of the Charter. In the interview, Gen. Romulo said, "Now what we envisioned in San Francisco was an organization that would be universal. That was one of the outstanding characteristics that we wanted for the new Organization to have, universality, and that was very well placed in the Charter, the universality of the Organization." Continue reading Gen. Romulo's interview…

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