The United Nations
Dumbarton Oaks Proposals
General International Organization
To be the subject of
THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE at San Francisco, April 25, 1945
THERE SHOULD be established an international
organization under the title of The United Nations,
the Charter of which should contain provisions nec-
essary to give effect to the proposals which follow.
Chapter I. Purposes
The purposes of the Organization should be:
1. To maintain international peace and security;
and to that end to take effective collective measures
for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace
and the suppression of acts of aggression or other
breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful
means adjustment or settlement of international dis-
putes which may lead to a breach of the peace;
2. To develop friendly relations among nations and
to take other appropriate measures to strengthen uni-
3. To achieve international cooperation in the solu-
tion of international economic, social and other hu-
manitarian problems; and
4. To afford a center for harmonizing the actions
of nations in the achievement of these common ends.
Chapter II. Principles
In pursuit of the purposes mentioned in Chapter I
the Organization and its members should act in ac-
cordance with the following principles:
1. The Organization is based on the principle of
the sovereign equality of all peace-loving states.
2. All members of the Organization undertake, in
order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits
resulting from membership in the Organization, to
fulfill the obligations assumed by them in accordance
with the Charter.
3. All members of the Organization shall settle their
disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that
international peace and security are not endangered.
4. All members of the Organization shall refrain
in their international relations from the threat or use
of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes
of the Organization.
5. All members of the Organization shall give every
assistance to the Organization in any action under-
taken by it in accordance with the provisions of the
6. All members of the Organization shall refrain
from giving assistance to any state against which
preventive or enforcement action is being undertaken
by the Organization.
The Organization should ensure that states not
members of the Organization act in accordance with
these principles so far as may be necessary for the
maintenance of international peace and security.
Chapter III. Membership
1. Membership of the Organization should be open
to all peace-loving states.
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