The Charter of the United Nations

In the closing months of World War II, representatives from England, France, Russia, China, the United States and other nations affected by the war met in San Francisco to create a new international organization to resolve political and military disputes and promote human rights, international law, and social progress. The United Nations Charter, signed June 26, 1945, declares that signatories will "practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors", "unite our strength to maintain international peace and security", and "employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples". The Charter presents a detailed description of how the new organization will address these issues and promote international peace and prosperity.