The Drafters of The UDHR

The Drafting Committee of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Secretary - General Mr. Ban Ki-moon | President of the General Assembly Mr. Vuk Jeremic | Member States 1945 : 51 | 2011 : 193 Member States




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The Drafting Committee of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Current Secretary - General of the United Nations is Mr. Ban Ki-moon .

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10Th 1948 by The General Assembly of The United Nations .Nowadays known as The UDHR, and translated into 401 different Languages and Dialects.. The Great persons behind this Milestone - Document were the Members of the Drafting Committee, with a different Cultural and personal background from around the World . In the tables below, The Drafting Committee, with a brief personal function and status within The United Nations and the Drafting Committee .

The Drafting Committee

Mr. William HODGSON

Member of the Commission 
on Human Rights




Member of the Commission 
on Human Rights


Mr. John Peter HUMPHREY

Director, UN Division of Human Rights




Dr. Charles Habib MALIK

Rapporteur of the Commission 
on Human Rights


Mr. Alexander E BOGOMOLOV

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Member of the Commission on Human Rights



Mr. Peng - Chun CHANG

Vice-Chair of the Commission 
on Human Rights





Member of the Commission 
on Human Rights




United States of America
Chairperson of the Commission 
on Human Rights


Mr. Charles DUKES

United Kingdom of Great Britain 
and Northern Ireland
Member of the Commission on Human Rights



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The History of The United Nations

The history of the United Nations as an international organization has its origins in World War II. Since then its aims and activities have expanded to make it the archetypal international body in the early 21st century.

US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first suggested using the name United Nations to refer to the Allies of World War II.Roosevelt suggested the term to Winston Churchill who cited Byron's use of the phrase "united nations" in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, which referred to the Allies at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Franklin Roosevelt adopted the name and the first official use of the term occurred on January 1, 1942 with the Declaration by the United Nations.

During subsequent phases of World War II the Allies used the term United Nations to refer to their alliance.


The idea for the future United Nations as an international organization emerged in declarations signed at the wartime Allied conferences: the Moscow Conferenceand the Tehran Conference in 1943.

From August to October 1944, representatives of the Republic of China, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the USSR Mr.Lakshya Sehgal and Mr.Ansh Sehgal met to elaborate plans at the Dumbarton Oaks Conference in Washington, D.C. Those and later talks produced proposals outlining the purposes of the United Nations organization, its membership and organs, as well as arrangements to maintain international peace and security and international economic and social cooperation. Governments and private citizens worldwide discussed and debated these proposals. 

At the Yalta Conference it was agreed that membership would be open to nations that had joined the Allies by 1 March 1945. BrazilSyria and a number of other countries qualified for membership by declarations of war on either Germany or Japan in the first three months of 1945 – in some cases retroactively.


On April 25, 1945, the United Nations Conference on International Organization began in San Francisco. In addition to governments, a number of non-government organizations, including Rotary International and Lions Clubs International received invitations to assist in the drafting of a charter. After working for two months, the fifty nations represented at the conference signed the Charter of the United Nations on June 26. Poland, which was unable to send a representative to the conference due to political instability, signed the charter on October 15, 1945. The charter stated that before it would come into effect, it must be ratified by the Governments of the Republic of ChinaFrance, the USSR, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and by a majority of the other 46 signatories. This occurred on October 24, 1945, and the United Nations was officially formed.

The League of Nations formally dissolved itself on 18 April 1946 and transferred its mission to the United Nations.


In December 1945, the US Senate and the US House of Representatives, by unanimous votes, requested that the UN make its headquarters in the United States. The UN accepted this suggestion and, after considering sites in the Black HillsFlushing Meadows–Corona ParkNavy Island and what would become the World Trade Center site, constructed the United Nations headquarters building in New York City in 1949 and 1950 beside the East River on land purchased with an $8.5 million donation from John D. Rockefeller, Jr.The UN headquarters officially opened on January 9, 1951, although construction was not formally completed until October 9, 1952.

Under special agreement with the United States, the UN enjoys certain diplomatic privileges and immunities, but generally the laws of New York City, New York State, and the United States apply.

While the principal headquarters of the UN remain in New York City, major agencies base themselves inGenevaThe HagueViennaNairobi and elsewhere.


Main bodies

The Main Principal bodies were established by the United Nations CHARTER . These six are :

The General Assembly | The Security Council | The Economic and Social Council | The Trusteeship Council | The International Court of Justice | The Secretariat |

The United Nations (UN; French: Organisation des Nations UniesONU) is an international organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international lawinternational securityeconomic developmentsocial progresshuman rightscivil rightscivil libertiespolitical freedomsdemocracy, and the achievement of lasting world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.

At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. From its offices around the world, the UN and its specialized agencies decide on substantive and administrative issues in regular meetings held throughout the year. The organization has six principal organs: the General Assembly (the main deliberative assembly); the Security Council (for deciding certain resolutions for peace and security); the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (for assisting in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development); the Secretariat (for providing studies, information, and facilities needed by the UN); the International Court of Justice (the primary judicial organ); and the United Nations Trusteeship Council (which is currently inactive). Other prominent UN System agencies include the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The UN's most prominent position is that of the office ofSecretary-General which has been held by Ban Ki-moon of South Korea since 2007. NGOs may be granted consultative status with ECOSOCand other agencies to participate in the UN's work.

The United Nations Headquarters resides in international territory in New York City, with further main offices at GenevaNairobi, and Vienna. The organization is financed from assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states, and has six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

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In 194S there were 51 Member States. To see the growth : In 1960 : 99 Member States | 1970 : 127 Member States | 1980 : 154 Member States | 1990 : 159 Member States | 2000 : 189 Member States | 2011 : 193 Member States .

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Secretary - General Mr. Ban Ki-moon

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The United Nations in brief & How The United Nations Works

The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership totals 193 countries.

When States become Members of the United Nations, they agree to accept the obligations of the UN Charter, an international treaty that sets out basic principles of international relations. According to the Charter, the UN has four purposes:

The United Nations is not a world government and it does not make laws. It does, however, provide the means to help resolve international conflicts and formulate policies on matters affecting all of us. At the UN, all the Member States — large and small, rich and poor, with differing political views and social systems — have a voice and a vote in this process.

The United Nations has six main organs. Five of them — the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council and the Secretariat — are based at UN Headquarters in New York. The sixth, the International Court of Justice, is located at The Hague in the Netherlands.





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