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As the world recovered from World War II, officials from all over the planet convened in Flushing in the New York City borough of Queens on October 23, 1946. The United Nations General Assembly, meeting for the first time in the metropolis that would later house its headquarters, has since become the primary international body for humanitarian aid — though it has fallen short of being the peacemaker many hoped it would be due to Cold War divisions and diverse political interests.
The idea for an organization to help mete out peace first arose during the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. The President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, and others hoped an international commission would be able to quell disputes before they erupted into the worldwide catastrophe that became World War I. In founding the League of Nations, the adherents of the Paris Peace Conference believed it was possible for countries to utilize legal proceedings to settle arguments long before weapons could be deployed. …(Read more)