From We the Peoples to Our Common Agenda, the United Nations is a Work in Progress

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NEW YORK, Sep 22 (IPS) – When the UN Charter was being drafted in the closing days of the Second World War in 1945, a debate ensued on what its opening words should be. Jan Smuts, representative of colonial South Africa, had originally suggested that the UN Charter begin with the words, ‘The High Contracting Parties.’

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