United Nations/Founding of the United Nations

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The UN came into existence on October 24, 1945, after the Charter had been ratified by the five permanent members of the Security Council — Republic of China, France, the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and the United States — and by a majority of the other 46 signatories. This chapter will discuss the reason for the founding the UN and how it came to be.


I. League of Nations - The basis for the United Nations.

II. Preliminary - The idea that started it all.

III. The United Nations Charter - The Charter that ratified the UN.

IV. A Work in Progress - The meetings and debates that led to its formation.

V. Ratification - The United Nations begins.

VI. Chapter Review - Review of Chapter 1.