PREAMBLE TO THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS, which was signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco
 
WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our
lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to

reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of
the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations
large and small, and to

establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations
arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be
maintained, and to

promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,


AND FOR THESE ENDS


to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good
neighbours, and to

unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
to

ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods,
that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
to

employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and
social advancement of all peoples,


HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO
ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS

Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.