Although the Charter was not in favour of American participation in World War II, it was a courageous step by Britain and the United States. The Atlantic Charter was not a formal treaty; instead, it was a common statement of ethics and intent. According to the United Nations, its goal was «to be a message of hope for the occupied countries and it has kept the promise of a global organization based on the persistent truths of international morality.» The treaty was successful: it provided moral support to the Allied forces, while sending a powerful message to the Axis powers. In addition, the Americans insisted that the Charter recognize that the war was fought to ensure self-determination.  The British were forced to accept these objectives, but in a speech in September 1941 Churchill declared that the Charter should apply only to states under German occupation, much less to states that were part of the British Empire.  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill discussed the Atlantic Charter at the Atlantic Conference at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, in 1941.  They made their joint statement on August 14, 1941 from the United States Naval Base in the Bay, naval base Argentia, recently leased by Britain as part of an agreement in which the Americans gave 50 surplus destroyers to the British for use against German submarines, although the United States did not go into war as combatants until the attack on Pearl Harbor four months later. The Atlantic Charter inspired several other international agreements and events that followed the end of the war. The dismantling of the British Empire, the formation of NATO and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) are all derived from the Atlantic Charter. The Atlantic Charter set goals for the post-war world and inspired many of the international agreements that subsequently marked the world.
The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the independence of European colonies after the war and many other key policies stem from the Atlantic Charter. In August 1941, four months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor sent the United States to World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill made a secret rendezvous off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Much of continental Europe, including France, had fallen to Nazi Germany, and imperial Japan was on the rise in Asia. At this grim moment, the American President and the British Prime Minister tried to give hope to oppressed peoples by sketching out their vision of an open, just and stable post-war world. Their work was the Atlantic Charter, the founding document of what we now call the «liberal international order.» Mr. Churchill, dissatisfied with the inclusion of references to the right to «self-determination,» said he saw the Charter as a «provisional and partial declaration of war aimed at convincing all countries of our just objective and not the complete structure that we should build after victory.» An office of the Polish government in exile wrote to warn waadyslaw Sikorski that the implementation of the Charter, in terms of national self-determination, would prevent the desired Polish annexation of Gdansk, East Prussia and parts of Germany, leading the Poles to turn to Britain to request a flexible interpretation of the Charter.  When it was made public on August 14, 1941, the Charter was called the «Joint Declaration of the President and prime minister» and is commonly referred to as the «Joint Declaration.» The Labour Party Newspaper Daily Herald was called Atlantic Charter, but Churchill used it in Parliament on August 24, 1941, which has since been universally adopted.
 Explain what the Atlantic Charter promised and committed to it, Churchill and Franklin had their own reasons for signing a charter.