United Nations?

World peace, I would guess every time you hear these two words the miss universe contest comes to the back of your mind, however is a subject that can cause a lot of heat in some cases. If we were to ask every leader, president, prime minister if they stand for world peace, my guess, is that they would say yes, although we as citizens of the world approach this goal in very different ways.

How can you strive for world peace when there is poverty in almost every country, there are genocides and civil wars, not to mention international wars?

If we were to view countries as organizations, who would be the CEO of the world making sure we all live in peace? Who should have the say if a president/dictator committed crimes against his own people such as genocides, or “cleansing wars”?

In 1952 after world war II the United Nations (UN) was created with such intention- “Its mission is to maintain world peace, develop good relations between countries, promote cooperation in solving the world’s problems, and encourage respect for human rights.” (msn encarta) The UN is a place where countries does not matter their GOP, size, or political system, are invited to be members and to abide by the UN rules, a place where the representatives of each country can come and discuss issues peacefully.

Although the idea of the UN is great in theory, it does not work so well in practice. This organization faces many challenges, iitt must secure the cooperation of its members, specially because it has little independent power or authority. The UN became more of a mediator instead of a ruler.

Trying to solve something always peacefully, it is not always easy, specially when nations are involved, there is a lot more than a simple conflict of interests, there the fight for power- to be the sovereign nation, the fight for economic power- even though is has been proved over and over that in today’s economy no country can survive alone.

The United Nations has a very difficult task because the idea of peace is not the same for every person in a same country, let alone in different countries. We just had a heated discussion as a class yesterday, trying to peacefully argue what is moral and what is not moral in the drug war, a police force and so forth. I cannot even imagine how hard it would be for the General Assembly to vote in an unbiased matter.

Another challenge is the undermined position that some countries take when it comes to the UN, specially because they have no military power, so what did the world became? Does military power still means more than anything? I still think that it does.

Unfortunately, there are still more money being invested in military power than to eradicate poverty, is that moral?
I believe that the idea of the UN is great, but for that idea to become a reality, we need to respect its authority and not to treat it as just a “suggestion” organization.

5 Responses

  1. I agree with you Anna. I feel like the UN for the most part is just a place where countries can go and complain in a big group. I’m not entirely sure, but I’m not sure the UN has power to even enforce a decision upon a country, but instead they make “suggestions” like you mentioned in your article. The key is to find a balance between suggestion and enforcement. In Iraq, we suggested for many years, and then decided to enforce using military involvement. I believe we lost balance and fell into the situation we are in today.

  2. I have my fair share of complaints against the UN, I once wrote a blog post that was titles UN – The Useless Nations. Lots of things wrong within the decision making structure of this organization, I am surprised they still get a lot of (non-political) stuff done. On the political side of things the UN is severely handicapped.

    Click here to see my post.

  3. I feel the UN is handicapped too in same ways…but just like I said I feel it is because the nations don’t really respect its actions/suggestions. I still think if the UN had its own military power it would be a more respected organization but instead it’s kind of ruled by the countries that have that military power.

  4. I’ve always been curious how the UN finds things to do when there are so many other more specific international organizations–such as the IMF, WTO, NATO, WB, EU, AU, etc.–that are involved in international affairs. Do any of these organizations ever butt heads? It’s also ironic that the U.S. contributes more monetarily than any other country to the UN, but openly ignores using it at times.

  5. Although the UN has many shortcomings, it at least is a step in the right direction toward attempting to organize and govern the world as a whole. Unfortunately, many states at this point are unwilling to give up their own sovereignty and turn more authority over to the UN. Therefore, the UN is only as effective and powerful as its signatory nations choose to make it.

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