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GLOBAL VALUES IN THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 December 2012

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Abstract

After a conceptual examination of global values and their role in international law, this article examines the role of the United Nations, especially the General Assembly, in the translation of globally shared values into legally binding international commitments. This process already commenced with the United Nations Conference on International Organization, held in 1945 in San Francisco, where the UN Charter was born. The way this process functions is illustrated by using the global value of social progress and development as an example. First, it is shown how this value ended up in the UN Charter in 1945. This is followed by a description of this value's evolution, especially the inclusion of a ‘sustainability element’, which took place at the General Assembly and various global conferences organized under the auspices of the United Nations.

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Copyright © T.M.C. Asser Instituut and Contributors 2012

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* This article is largely based on O. Spijkers, The United Nations, The Evolution of Global Values and International Law (Cambridge, Intersentia 2011).

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