One of the most important changes after the war was the global change in these nations of authority. European influence in America, Africa and Asia diminished considerably and only a few of them managed to retain their colonial outposts, such as for example; Great Britain, France and the Netherlands. While the United States was considered one of the two largest military and political powers after World War II, it showed no interest in colonization, with the exception of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It should be noted that the veto power of the five permanent members of the Security Council ultimately protected the United States from all obligations imposed by the Council. At the same time, the establishment of the UN headquarters in the United States (Lake Success Agreement of 26 June 1947 between the United Nations and the United States) contributed to the popularity of the Organization in America. .