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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Marlene
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Washington, USA
October 24, 2007

Marlene in Washington writes:

Even if the United Nations were accomplishing nothing we would at least have a forum for the world. I feel that the attacks from certain factions in my country spring from ignorance and greed and having Bolton as our UN ambassador is an insult. I hope that the many countries involved in the US realize that the American people by and large do not agree with our current government administration.

Jane
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Jane in California writes:

I am retired staff of the World Health Organization. Your question about the UN effectively fulfilling its mission is a complicated question.

First, do you mean the UN Secretariat? .. the specialized agencies of the UN, like UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO? .. the regional UN commissions, like ESCAP?

Second, how do you define "effective"?

Third, to which of its many "missions" do you refer?

On the whole, I think the UN is fulfilling effectively its mission. There are strong areas and weaker areas. There is no other world-wide organization for discussion and managed agreements. Discussion amongst many peoples with differing viewpoints, cultures and perspectives is by its very nature clumsy, lengthy and time-consuming. In my opinion, it is a natural and a mandatory prerequisite for all members of our Earth-family.

Mona
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United States
October 24, 2007

Mona in U.S. writes:

I feel the United Nations is vital to make strides in eradicating disease in Africa, help solve economic woes and social and humanitarian problems. They are doing the best work they have ever done. I believe that is because they are receiving more monetary support than ever before. They are respected worldwide and that is why they are effective.

Timothy G.
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Timothy in California writes:

The UN has been hamstrung and rendered effectively impotent by the nations comprising the Security Council by partisan, nationalistic and religious hypocrisy and interests based economically, especially the US. Time and again effective responses to dictators, genocide, disasters, drought and earthquake relief, famine, slavery, and wars have been stymied by America's economic blackmail, spying, and character assassinations, all of which comprise the bag of diplomatic tools used by the U.S. to manipulate the international community for its own short-sighted economic and jingoistic ends. Fascism and corruption at their most destructive propels the machinations of American politicians regarding the UN and the American people.

william
October 24, 2007

William writes:

We need the United Nations for world peace. No man is an island. The world is getting smaller, we all should support U.N.

Barbara
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Arizona, USA
October 24, 2007

Barbara in Arizona writes:

The United Nations is the single, most important organization we have for promoting peace and reconciliation among nations. I would like to see the United States support the UN instead of trying to undercut its efforts as it has done under the Bush administration.

Terry
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Terry in New York writes:

Yes, the UN is the best hope the people of the world have.

Charlotte F.
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Texas, USA
October 24, 2007

Charlotte in Texas writes:

Yes the UN does it's work very well. It is unfortunate that there are some empire builders in this country that try to discredit the UN for their own political purposes

Juergen
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Germany
October 24, 2007

Juergen in Germany writes:

Given the massive challenges my opinion is YES... it has helped to avoid a third world war.

The UN as a member organization is as effective as its members - especially the leading world power U.S. - is making it.

We need a stronger global UN for our global challenges, let's use this unique platform for dialogue and problem resolution to find compromises and common solutions!

A A.
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Oregon, USA
October 24, 2007

Albert in Oregon writes:

Yes, the UN does fulfill its mission and the US should pay its back dues to this organization.

Erif
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Erif in California writes:

The world needs the UN. But it would be more effective if it could be more independent.

Tom
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Tom in New York writes:

The UN isn't perfect but it's the best and only international peacekeeping organization we've got!

Kate
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Kate in New York writes:

YES YES YES
We should be much more involved than we are.

JEANNE H.
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Jeanne in California writes:

I think we would be a lesser world without the UN, and a better one if more countries showed it more respect.

Gary
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Gary in California writes:

The UN provides peace keepers, establish Heritage sites to save guard historic and natural sites.

It is well worth the cost.

Gerry
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

Gerry in Washington writes:

Only this president's handlers could conceive of asking such a dumb question, after doing all it can to undercut the UN!

The UN is increasingly relevant in todays world, especially one where the super power has lost all credibility with most of the nations of the world.
How has the UN helped, MILLENNIUM GOALS!

Lytton B.
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Canada
October 24, 2007

Lytton in Canada writes:

I am pleased to be involved in the United Nations. The United Nations is the most respected and well known organiziation in the world today. It's work to improve
the world today and for tomorrow is growing all the time.

Please support the United Nations today and forever more.

Roxanne W.
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Roxanne in New York writes:

The UN is extremely effective in it's many roles, and is an indispensable organization in today's world.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore together won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to educate the world on catastrophic climate change. This is the third time in the past seven years that a UN entity has been recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize.

There is now the highest number of Afghan children enrolled in school in that country's history. Aided by the UN's work in Afghanistan, more children are attending school than ever before in the country's history, most especially girls. This is turning the tide for the educational future of an entire generation of young Afghans.

These is also the largest number of Peacekeepers ever deployed in the world. In the past year, more than 110 countries sent troops to serve in 18 UN peacekeeping missions in places like Liberia, Sudan, Lebanon, and Haiti, contributing to the largest deployment of UN peacekeepers in history.

Susan
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Susan in California writes:

The UN has contributed greatly to the world's welfare. See accomplishments below.

UN Wins Nobel Peace Prize, Again

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore together won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to educate the world on catastrophic climate change. This is the third time in the past seven years that a UN entity has been recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize.

Highest Number of Afghan Children Enrolled in School in Country's History

Aided by the UN's work in Afghanistan, more children are attending school than ever before in the country's history, most especially girls. This is turning the tide for the educational future of an entire generation of young Afghans.

Largest Number of Peacekeepers Ever Deployed

In the past year, more than 110 countries sent troops to serve in 18 UN peacekeeping missions in places like Liberia, Sudan, Lebanon, and Haiti, contributing to the largest deployment of UN peacekeepers in history.

Millions of Children Protected Against Preventable Disease

The Measles Initiative, which includes the World Health Organization, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Foundation, has helped vaccinate over 372 million children -- reducing measles deaths in Africa by 75% (compared to 1999). By partnering with campaigns like Nothing But Nets, they also distribute life saving mosquito nets that protect children from malaria.

New Technology Enables Disaster Relief to Arrive Faster in Humanitarian Crises

In partnership with the UN's disaster relief organization (OCHA), the UN's Children Fund (UNICEF) and other UN agencies, the NGO Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF), also known as Telecoms Without Borders, deployed seven times this year to support emergency relief efforts in places like Darfur's refugee camps, and coastal areas of Peru devastated by the 8.1 magnitude earthquake this summer.

Kris
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Iowa, USA
October 24, 2007

Kris in Iowa writes:

Yes, I believe the UN fulfills its mission effectively, and we need to do all we can to show our support.

Greg
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United States
October 24, 2007

Greg in U.S.A. writes:

Does the UN fulfill it's mission? Well, though hindered by several self-serving, human-rights-hating nations, by and large the answer is yes.

Karen
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Virginia, USA
October 24, 2007

Karen in Virginia writes:

The UN performs a vital mission and would be able to do even better if the United States would live up to it's obligations to fully fund it, instead of using the "Global Gag Rule" to withhold money. The swift response to crisis situations, and the work immunizing against diseases are just two of the vital missions which the UN undertakes with great success.

Joseph
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Joseph in New York writes:

The UN is great at communication and dissemination of information. At peace keeping the world and I both view the UN as not very effective although in defense of the UN the world have become a very violent place with the disparity between rich and poor being so wide. I would also like to see the UN be a more democratic organization and team up with the World Social Forum instead of being held hostage to the security council.

Best.

lGeorge
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Colorado, USA
October 24, 2007

George in Colorado writes:

UN support in Peru, Darfur and other areas provide the only on threatening stability in times of emergency.

John L.
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

John in New York writes:

Yes

Darrell R.
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Oregon, USA
October 24, 2007

Darrell in Oregon writes:

The UN does some wonderful things. We should fully support it.

Fred
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

Fred in Washington writes:

While not perfect, the United Nations is more perfect than the Bush Administration.

Jo
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Connecticut, USA
October 24, 2007

Jo in Connecticut writes:

Yes, the UN does a fabulous job!

sam
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United States
October 24, 2007

Sam in the U.S. writes:

We Need More UN Involvement in the World !!!!

Millie
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United States
October 24, 2007

Millie in U.S. writes:

I believe we need an origination like the UN. Its problems can be fixed. This is the way to settle world disputes that is fair to all. the alternative is to be dominated by one country.

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