The United Nations took an unspectacular—but probably far-reaching—step toward postwar cooperation last week. They prepared to set up the first international executive agency to function in World War II: a United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration to feed and clothe the people liberated by the advancing United Nations armies.

The proposal for UNRRA would have the United Nations pool resources and administrative talents for the vast job ahead. Each country would contribute financially—as far as its resources permit and its people, through their government, see fit.

A council, representing member nations, would set UNRRA policy and appoint a director general. Assisting...

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