Does the UN Effectively Fulfill its Mission?

Posted by Frederick Jones
October 23, 2007
United Nations Headquarters

By Presidential Proclamation, the United States celebrated October 24th as "United Nations Day." Many today question the relevance of the United Nations. Founded to maintain international security and help solve economic, social, and humanitarian problems...

Does the United Nations continue to effectively fulfill its mission?

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Kashif
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United States
October 30, 2007

Kashif in America writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico -- Yes, well the last comment by Eric in N.M. was eloquent while at the same time it helped defend America's position in the global context of things. The problem i do have is that America is praised as being the center of democracy and freedom and so forth. Yet these idioms lose their validity when actions taken across the globe by this promoter of democracy occur. If you listen to conversations of Nixon with Kissinger mocking countries like India's boasts about being "the world's biggest democracy" and Kissinger's attempts to overthrow a democratically elected communist in Chile (Allende) then the phrase "you talk a big talk but do you walk a big walk" begins to apply. Nationalistic agendas of self-interest are characteristic of the UN as Eric mentioned so if that is true then countries are left using dubious means to gaining patronage and so forth by member states. To be able to determine whether a U.N. member is acting out of self-interest can be difficult and leads to more dilemmas if so. So being able to look for humanistic values over nationalistic values might be the solution, however, being able to put that into practical use is not easy at all. Any nation lecturing other countries about doing this while they themselves are guilty of putting their national interest or self-interest above others is someone who cannot be taken seriously and should not be taken seriously at all.

Juan C.
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United States
October 30, 2007

Juan in U.S.A. writes:

Yes, if only people would be really and truly aware of what the UN's achievements are, some of the reactions of this blog would be completely different. Just read the annex of the report below where some of the results of the UN and its different agencies are clearly shown and then you will realize that given the very little money we give them, they are doing a whole lot.

http://www.un.org/depts/oios/mecd/ppr2004_2005.htm

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