UN Charter celebrates 70 years

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Dismantling colonialism, triumphing over apartheid, keeping peace in troubled places and safeguarding human rights—these are part of what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described as the "proud record" of the United Nations during its seven decades of existence.

This Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter, the document which led to the establishment of the international organization following the devastation of the Second World War.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General's comments come in an op-ed published in the United States. 

The UN was founded to prevent another world war, and Mr Ban said it has succeeded in that core mission. 

He added that despite grave setbacks, the past 70 years would have been "even bloodier" without the United Nations. 

However, he pointed out that the world is still scarred by conflict, exploitation and despair with more refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers than at any time since the end of the Second World War. 

Mr Ban said the future must be one of ever deeper cooperation–with nations united by a spirit of global citizenship that lives up to the promise of the name "United Nations." 

The UN Charter was signed on 26 June 1945 in the American city of San Francisco where Mr Ban and other UN officials are participating in ceremonies marking the anniversary. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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