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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Salvatore
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California, USA
October 25, 2007

Salvatore in California writes:

The United Nations remains our best, perhaps last, hope for world peace; perhaps world survival!!

James
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California, USA
October 25, 2007

James in California writes:

The UN has been a significant force in preventing a major World War and particularly helping women's and children's health and rights over the past 60 years. Certainly the UN could function better, but it is the ONLY place that diplomats from all over the world meet on any regular basis and particularly enables connection with countries where we have no embassy or diplomatic representation. WE must continue to be an active participant in and support the UN.

John
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Oregon, USA
October 25, 2007

John in Oregon writes:

Yes the UN is fulfilling it's mission to the extent it is funded and supported by it's member countries. In recent years, I have witnessed definite growth in its ability to respond to crises around the world and, for the small numbers of peacekeepers it uses in troubled areas, does an incredible job of creating a center of stability in areas ravaged by natural disasters, war and genocidal acts.

We need to keep the faith and bring more and broader support to the work of our World Organization.

Lynn
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Pennsylvania, USA
October 25, 2007

Lynn in Pennsylvania writes:

Yes, the UN is effective. I feel that the UN was doing a wonderful job in Iraq before they were removed for the U.S. invasion. The organization is important for peacekeeping and aiding the less fortunate people of the world, and is doing a good job in that mission.

Milbrey
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Michigan, USA
October 25, 2007

Milbrey in Michigan writes:

The UN has many functions and, for the most part, fulfills them well. Many of the advancements in enhancing the well-being of much of the world, especially the developing world, comes from or at the urging of UN programs. When it fails, or performs less well than it should, this sometimes comes when the U.S., in particular, fails in its obligations, or puts restrictions on the aid it provides based on arrogant moralizing rather than on compassion.

Bobbie
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Arizona, USA
October 25, 2007

Bobbie in Arizona writes:

Yes, the UN is doing its job better than anyone else can do.

Michael W.
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Massachusetts, USA
October 25, 2007

Michael in Massachusetts writes:

Yes, the original idea was perhaps inevitably diluted and replaced by superpower rivalry (U.S. & U.S.S.R.), and now the U.S. and the emerging powers of India and China are not strong supporters. But in the future the crises are so horrific that we have to look for real international cooperation, especially the beginnings of people-to-people cooperation, and that means reaffirming the significance of the UN. The current Administration has been disturbingly deficient in the respect.

William
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New York, USA
October 25, 2007

William in New York writes:

The UN has done tremendous things in our world. People live today because of the UN programs. Could it do more, of course. It must continue its good work.

David
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Pennsylvania, USA
October 25, 2007

David in Pennsylvania writes:

As someone involved in humanitarian aid in different countries of the world over many years, I have personally seen the dramatic difference it has made to people in poor countries to have access to the resources and assistance of the many agencies of the UN. There are certainly many problems in how all this work is done, but the multi faceted UN presence around the world has completely changed the landscape of what is possible to help improve the lives of people around the world.

Alan
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Maryland, USA
October 25, 2007

Alan in Maryland writes:

Yes! The U.N. is still relevant and effective (see Nobel Peace Prize for IPCC). Like any large organization, of course it has problems and can always improve. But it certainly doesn't deserve the attacks and harsh criticisms (for example, Bolton's famous comments) by radicals who want the U.S. to be be able to make any unilateral decisions it desires to expand its world domination without oversight and consultation with any other global body.

Fix it, don't destroy it. If the human race hopes to survive, we need to bring more countries together under the UN, not split them up. Remember: "the world is flat!"

John S.
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Colorado, USA
October 25, 2007

John in Colorado writes:

I do feel that the UN comes close to fulfilling it's Charter. Of course it would be a help if there was better accountability! Also, if the U.S. would make its contribution in full!

Theodore
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California, USA
October 25, 2007

Theodore in California writes:

I am pleased to say that I have supported the United Nations and the United Nations Association from their founding. The UN in some shape or form will be the hope of the world in time to come.

G. C.
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Pennsylvania, USA
October 25, 2007

G in Pennsylvania writes:

Yes. --- the UN peacekeeping forces around the world (Congo, Cyprus, central Africa, etc.) are very important to global security. The studies on climate change are essential to planetary survival.

Sharon P.
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 25, 2007

Sharon in Washington writes:

I believe the United States fulfills its mission - as far as its able. I do wish, however, that the UN had more clout around the world.

Cynthia
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Virginia, USA
October 25, 2007

Cynthia in Virginia writes:

The UN and its organizations provide one of the few signs of hope in this world, in the midst of battle, murder, and sudden death, here is a shining light that things can be made better.

Robert
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Missouri, USA
October 25, 2007

Robert in Missouri writes:

Effective compared to what? Compared to the disaster of U.S. unilateralism, the UN is doing a great job. I'd much rather have my tax dollars help the UN keep the peace than have them spend on unilateral preventive wars that just create more enemies.

Stephen
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New Jersey, USA
October 25, 2007

Stephen in New Jersey writes:

Yes. With the many different factions within it, it does a very good job of fulfilling its mission. Any nations that go off on their own and invade other nations should be considered a pariah.

peter O.
October 25, 2007

Peter writes:

Please recognize that the United Nations is the world's only hope for true peace and equality for all people.

Daniel
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Indiana, USA
October 25, 2007

Daniel in Indiana writes:

I believe that the United Nations is continuing to fulfill its mission effectively. It is deploying more peacekeepers than ever, it is vaccinating hundreds of millions of children against measles (a scourge of death in Africa), it is making it possible that more children in Afghanistan are enrolled in school than ever before, and as always it provides a good forum for countries to discuss their problems and grievances. It helps keep countries talking to each other. It is surely an essential part of global life today.

Donald
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Illinois, USA
October 25, 2007

Donald in Illinois writes:

When properly funded and supported,the UN is fully capable of carrying out its mandate to help stabilize the world.We need the UN to continue its functions-properly monitored.

Ruth
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Wisconsin, USA
October 25, 2007

Ruth in Wisconsin writes:

I don't know if it fulfills its mission but I do know this: Dialogue between nations is absolutely necessary.

I think Doctors Without Borders' coming up with Plumpynut is absolutely the most wonderful news I've heard in a long time.

I think the next thing the UN should do is erect a World Court on the Mall in Washington DC and then the Bush Administration should be convicted of war crimes.

Faye
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Arkansas, USA
October 25, 2007

Faye in Arkansas writes:

Yes! In the past 7 years, UN entities have been awarded the Nobel Prize 3 times, including this year for work on climate change. In the past year, the largest number of UN peacekeepers in history were deployed throughout the world. Initiatives against diseases like measles and malaria, and humanitarian relief efforts, show the relevance of the UN. The world needs an international organization to work on global problems, and though many challanges remain, the UN is the best we've got, and does the best it can.

Charles
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Texas, USA
October 25, 2007

Charles in Texas writes:

Yes, the world is a safer place because of the U.N.

Pay your bills and be happy that other countries are also willing to contribute troops and money so that we don't have to foot the entire bill for peace around the world.

Douglas
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Maryland, USA
October 25, 2007

Douglas in Maryland writes:

The United Nations leads the way in peace keeping and better health for the world's people.

It fulfills it's mission effectively, and would do it better with more support.

Aaron
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Maryland, USA
October 25, 2007

Aaron in Maryland writes:

Yes it does!!! Between immunizing children, keeping the peace, doing disaster releaf, and bringing nations together to understand and address international problems (like climate change), the UN has done a tremendous job. My only criticism is that it failed to stop the Bush administration from engaging in an illegal, unprovoked, immoral act of aggression against Iraq. This is partly due to the fact that the US wields too much power at the UN, and has a veto on the security council, which prevents the U.S. from ever being held accountable or stopped from engaging in illegal wars.

David
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France
October 25, 2007

David in France writes:

Yes, although there is always room for improvement and there will always be differences of opinion between member states in certain areas, the United Nations (and its agencies) effectively fulfill the mission that they have been given. "Politics" in the Security Council can be a major impediment to effective action in some areas of urgent need.

Liz F.
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New Mexico, USA
October 25, 2007

Liz in New Mexico writes:

First of all, the mission of the UN is NOT to enable the goals of the United States of America, but to promote peace and goals of the entire planet. It could do this much better if the U.S. stopped pushing our agenda and started taking a more global approach. The UN does a fine job with what it has, but could do better with our cooperation.

Numael
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California, USA
October 25, 2007

Numael in California writes:

Yes, in my opinion the United Nations have already played a fundamental role for the benefit of the nations and the planet, and continues doing so.

As a tool for the successful governance of the planet (now that atavic rifts of race, beliefs, regions, are beginning to be challenged because of new awareness & pressing need), it has an essential place.

In the face of terrifying ecological developments, it is potentially a most beneficient instrument to ensure the healthy evolution of world technology and socioeconomic factors.

The United Nations must evolve according to the changing demands of the planet, increasingly respected in its irreplaceable role and, like any living entity, cared for and nourished.

Thank you for posing the question, and for reading this.

Randy
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United States
October 25, 2007

Randy in U.S.A. writes:

YES, the UN fulfills its mission effectively.

Mel
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California, USA
October 25, 2007

Mei in California writes:

The United Nations is doing a great job, helping those who can not help themselves. Providing food, medicines and even the basics of life are provided, this in itself is quite a feat. The world would be very different if it was`nt for the United Nations.

With all of the turmoils happenning all around the world, I`m very proud of all the men and women of the United Nations for being their to aide those need it, no matter where in the world.

Thank You United Nations for being here,so YES, I believe that the United Nations is fulfilling it`s mission very effectively.

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