Poland was absent during the San Francisco Conference. Why then is Poland considered a founding member of the United Nations?
Last Updated: May 09, 2018
Poland did not attend the San Francisco Conference because the composition of its new government was not announced until too late for the conference. Therefore, a space was left for the signature of Poland as one of the original signatories of the United Nations Declaration. At the time of the conference - formally called the United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO) - there was no generally recognized Polish Government, but on June 28, such a government was announced. On October 15, 1945, Poland signed the Charter and ratified it on the following day thus becoming one of the original members, bringing the total number of founding members to 51.
Source: About UN. The UN treaties database "The entry into force status"
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