Six Significant Weeks in World History
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 28 Mar 1946, p. 313-322
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Six Significant Weeks in World History


A review of many of the events of the past six weeks: a pronounced growth in the development of international law, as evidenced by the trials at Neurnburg; the UNO Conference at London performed its mechanical duties, the General Assembly elected the members of the Security Council and of the International Court of Justice; the Atomic Energy Commission was set up to control the danger of world suicide; the Security Council dealt with diplomatic matters in an open manner and Bevin and Vishinsky spoke to one another with great clarity; international disputes which otherwise might lead to war were dealt with, such as the Greek question raised by Russia, the Indonesian question raised by the Ukraine, the Persian dispute by Persia. The weaknesses of the United Nations Organization becoming apparent. Conditions under which the UNO might succeed. A discussion as to whether it will succeed and whether the dream of San Francisco will ever be achieved. The speaker's description of the opening day of the San Francisco Conference. The words of the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations, to show the departures that have taken place from the eternal principles it enunciated a short 10 months ago. The world crisis in security. The two possible worlds we face. A detailed discussion of the weaknesses of the UNO that have become apparent. Russia's aims, as indicated over the events of the last six weeks. Stalin's announcement of the 5 year plan and what it will mean. The world scene challenging but not hopeless. The necessary success of the UNO. Consequences if the UNO does not succeed. The need for solidarity in the days to come within the British Empire and Commonwealth. The UNO and the League of Nations merely steps on the road to world government, and how it may be achieved.