Sunday, July 04, 2010

San Francisco U.N. Conference, May 1945

Scenes from in and around San Francisco:
The Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Cable Car

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Towards the end of WW2, delegates from many nations met at San Francisco, California on the west coast of the U.S.A. famous for its cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge still popular with tourists. Arising from the ashes of the Second World War, this conference led to the establishment of the United Nations.

When most people think of San Francisco the things that come to mind about the city will most likely include the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars and perhaps the songs of Tony Bennett and Scott McKenzie. Tourists will always want to visit and photograph the bridge and take a trip on one of the cable cars.

In 1945, with the war in Europe drawing to a close and the fighting against the Japanese still ongoing, national delegates from all over the world met in San Francisco to establish a new way of trying to establish peaceful co-operation between countries. Out of this conference the United Nations Organisation was established, although delegates decide the main headquarters of the new organisation would be at New York on the east coast of the USA.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in April 1945 - before the end of the war in Europe. The following month, on 19 May 1945, delegates to the United Nations conference at San Francisco visited the nearby Muir Woods, hoping that its profound beauty and serenity would inspire the delegates to pursue a programme for peace proposed by the late President. At the entrance to Muir Woods there is a plaque commemorating the visit of the United Nations to Muir Woods, and the vision of President Roosevelt. This plaque also refers to the President’s belief in the value of National Parks as sources of inspiration and renewal of the human spirit.

Ten years later, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjöld, visited Muir Woods and paid tribute to both the vision of President Roosevelt and the delegates of many nations who had taken their inspiration from this place:

“Persons who love nature find a common basis for understanding people of other countries, since the love of nature is universal among men of all nations.”

In the 21st Century, Muir Woods remains a place where people can remember those who came here in 1945 in an attempt to establish some form of lasting peace throughout the world.

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