United Nations: Change of Character

As the hordes of U.N. delegates packed to leave for home, hearty holiday farewells at the final cocktail parties replaced the loud bickering of debate. What with the greatest assemblage of world leaders in modern history and the admission of 17 new member nations, the General Assembly's go-day session had been the noisiest and busiest on record. It also marked a change in the character of the U.N. itself.

When the U.N. was founded 15 years ago, 32 of the original 51 members were from Western Europe, North and South America. By 1960,...

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