The League of Nations—Ten Years

January 8, 1930

Report Outline
Constitutional Evolution of the League
Non-Controversial Activities of the League
The International Labor Organization

Constitutional Evolution of the League

Statistical Indicies of Development

On january 10,1930, the first ten years of the League of Nations will have passed into history. As to the place of the League in the process of political evolution and the lines of its future development, opinions differ widely. But its significance as a new system of international relationships and its utility as a necessary organization for the transaction of much of the world's international business are generally acknowledged. After ten years the broader trends of its development to date and certain of its solid achievements may clearly be traced.

The story of the League cannot be told in statistics. Nevertheless, some of the figures relating to its development are of interest. In 1920 the League had 42 member states. The membership now comprises 54 nations, including all except eight of the self-governing countries of the world—Afghanistan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and the United States. It is, however, questionable whether Argentina, whose legislature voted down the 1929 contribution to the League last March, can still be properly counted as a member state.

The annual budget of the League, including the budgets of the International Labor Office and the World Court, has increased from $3,346,000 in 1920 to $4,362,000 in 1925, and to $5,435,000 in 1930. The staff of the permanent secretariat of the League has grown from 411 in 1924 to 667 in 1927, and to 685 in 1929. During these years there has been a steady increase in the number of permanent and special committees or commissions functioning under the League and dealing with such subjects as disarmament, codification of international law, public health, financial questions, tariffs and double taxation. At the beginning of 1920 none of these commissions had been appointed. Today no less than three score of such bodies exist, including in their membership governmental and private technical experts from almost every country of the world.

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