Peter Fraser signing the United Nations Charter, San Francisco

26 Jun 1945

Peter Fraser, New Zealand Prime Minister, signing the United Nations Charter on 26 June 1945, in front of other delegates at the United Nations Conference in International Organisation. Photograph taken by an unidentified photographer.

Published 5 July 1945: `NEW ZEALAND DELEGATE SIGNS UNITED NATIONS CHARTER. PETER FRASER, New Zealand Prime minister, minister of external affairs and chairman of his country's delegation, signs the United Nations Charter in June 26, 1945, the closing day of the United Nations Conference in International Organisation. Other delegation members look on. Representatives of 50 United Nations drew up the Charter, whcih they signed at the close of the nine-week conference in the US Pacific coast city of San Francisco. Addressing the final plenary session of the conference US President Harry S Truman said: "If we fail to use it (the Charter), we shall betray all those who have died in order that we might meet here in freedom and safety to create it". The US Chief Executive continued: "If we seek to use it (the Charter) selfishly - for the advantage of any one nation or any small group of nations - we shall be equally guilty of that betrayal."' Serviced by New York to List A 42795-FO.

Quantity: 1 b&w original photographic print(s).

Physical Description: Silver gelatin print 17.8 x 11.5 cm

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1 b&w original photographic print(s), Photographs, Silver gelatin print 17.8 x 11.5 cm, Orientation: Horizontal image
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