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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Archer
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Virginia, USA
October 24, 2007

Archer in Virginia writes:

The United Nations is vital to world stability. It definitely continues to effectively fulfill its mission. It could be better if more resources were available to its peace keeping operations.

Catherine C.
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Illinois, USA
October 24, 2007

Catherine in Illinois writes:

Yes, the United Nations continues to fulfill its mission. If we do not participate in the United Nations, then we cannot tell it what to do. Also, the United Nations is made up of nations of the world. The world has many other people besides the people of the United States. Just because some of the people in the government of the United States do not want to make sacrifices in order to switch to renewable energy, just because some of the people in the government of the United States do not want to switch off of the oil bandwagon because that bandwagon makes them rich, does not mean that we are not responsible for our pollution that we create. We need to switch off the oil bandwagon and get on the green bandwagon with renewable energy.

President Bush does not want to because oil makes him and his cohorts rich and he does not really believe in God. Bush wants to destroy the world and immerse us in the netherworlds. He is a part of Satan. Pres. Bush does not want to follow God and be a part of the green revolution.

dernit
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Georgia, USA
October 24, 2007

Dernit in Georgia writes:

Yes, it is my opinion that the UN continues to be effective in its mission of contributing to solutions to world problems. It will be through world efforts to support and carry-on this relevant group.

Nyla J.
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Oregon, USA
October 24, 2007

Nyla in Oregon writes:

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.

YES, the UN fulfills its mission effectively. We should pay our past due dues and support the UN. This is a national embarassment.

Virgil
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Missouri, USA
October 24, 2007

Vigil in Missouri writes:

As an American, it disappointing that my country has not been very diplomatic with the UN since Bush and Cheney has stolen the 1st election in 2000 and squatted in the white house.

Elizabeth
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South Dakota, USA
October 24, 2007

Elizabeth in South Dakota writes:

Yes, I think the UN is an essential part of the modern world.

The U.S.A. Should continue with very strong support.

Ellen C.
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

Ellen in Washington writes:

To the UN; You are doing great work. We applaud you. Please keep it up. Thank you and may God bless all your efforts.

Pat
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

Pat in Washington writes:

This seems our main hope for world cooperation. Let us support it more fully.

Renato C.
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Italy
October 24, 2007

Renato in Italy writes:

Does the United Nations continue to effectively fulfill its mission?

It could even do better without the U.S.A. interferences.

Albert
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Maryland, USA
October 24, 2007

Albert in Maryland writes:

The United Nations has always done the best work it can do with the resources it has been given. These resources are always donated from member countries and organizations. As "Ralph in Greece" said, the UN has had its share of problems, including its lethargic response to many of the world's humanitarian crises such as Darfur and Rwanda, but with more support and awareness, the U.S. and other member nations may make the United Nations more effective in its actions.

In practical terms, the UN is the world's foremost Inter-Governmental Organization. The UN and its sub-organizations have brokered peace deals, averted economic crises, and in general, promoted human welfare. Although the United Nations has no direct power, its soft power has been, and still will be, effective for the promotion of world welfare. Without the United Nations, the international system would truly be an anarchy of nations.

Clair M.
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United States
October 24, 2007

Clair in U.S. writes:

Yes it does.

Rayleen
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Massachusetts, USA
October 24, 2007

Rayleen in Massachusetts writes:

Day in and day out, the UN brings together all nations to do international work. It is a place where differences are solved diplomatically. UN actions have averted more than one war between nations in disagreement with each other. It is the most important international forum and peace-keeper and we can be proud of the contributions of the United States to its ongoing work.

Karen L.
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New Jersey, USA
October 24, 2007

Karen in New Jersey writes:

The UN has been & is accomplishing miracles in humanitarianism & attacking economic & social problems. We should support them & not withhold funds. We should listen to their collective wisdom.

Tibor
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Tibor in New York writes:

The UN accomplishes a lot even though it isn't always functioning at 100% of its' potential.

The shortfall has to be blamed on the shortcomings of a lot of its member countries and not on the institution of the UN itself.

Maurice
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New Jersey, USA
October 24, 2007

Maurice in New Jersey writes:

The UN is doing its very best. The U.S. needs be more compliant and more friendly to the UN's needs. The UN is being the world's and the U.S.' partner without it clipping its wings. The UN would be more effective if the U.S. would stop blockading decisions in the UN but sponsor them (e.g. The Kyoto Project). The UN cannot be 90% effective if the U.S. isn't on board fully.

William
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Florida, USA
October 24, 2007

William in Florida writes:

There is only ONE world, ONE human family, and ONE agency dedicated to peace, human rights, environment, health and development in which we can ALL participate We must celebrate it's 62nd birthday and do everything in our power to help this last great hope for humankind grow and evolve for ALL our benefits - not just the half of us who live well now. The U.S. is alternately its great benefactor and great nemesis. It is not our UN - it is OUR UN!

Jerry
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Oregon, USA
October 24, 2007

Jerry in Oregon writes:

Yes, the UN fulfills a crucial role for the U.S. and for the world. It is dismaying that this question is even being asked. Finally in human history there is a venue that promotes peaceful resolution of international conflicts. The US should lead the world in supporting and working with this organization.

Alice
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Alice in New York writes:

The United Nations does fulfill its mission in many ways. Offering initiatives for education, health, and peace are the most important things. The work with children is what will do more than anything to ensure that the world survives this century in peace. I would like to see them take a stand on humane treatment of animals. I think that the following quote applies to every nation in the world. Some do better than others. China, right now is an egregious offender. I hope the UN will bring pressure to bear upon them if they want to be a civilized and important country.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~ Gandhi

Rhona
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Rhona in California writes:

The UN continues to effectively fulfill its mission, and it is always comforting to know that no matter who the leaders of the world are, there is always steady leadership coming from somewhere.

Howard
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Howard in California writes:

Yes, for the most part. It can always be made better and more efficient, but it is working towards major goals.

Ida
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Ida in California writes:

Keep up the good work and keep improving!!!!!

Bruce
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Texas, USA
October 24, 2007

Bruce in Texas writes:

Happy birthday and thank you for all your good work.

While the obstructionist efforts of some countries, the U.S. included, are sometimes effective, the UN's accomplishments far outnumber its efforts that are sometimes less than successful.

Onward to the end of nationalism.

Jon
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Pennsylvania, USA
October 24, 2007

Jon in Pennsylvania writes:

The UN offers the only hope for a world endangered by U.S. imperialism. The UN saves lives of millions of children, intervenes in strife and killing all over the world - Liberia, Sudan, Lebanon and Haiti as examples. The UN is making efforts to combat global warming despite opposition by greedy American corporations. Only the UN can really resolve world conflict, which is now exacerbated by U.S. militaristic foreign policy.

The UN could be much more successful if the U.S. substituted humanitarian goals for militaristic conquest.

Mardi M.
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Oregon, USA
October 24, 2007

Mardi in Oregon writes:

Absolutely yes.

Dave
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New Mexico, USA
October 24, 2007

Dave in New Mexico writes:

I am truly disgusted with the constant barrage of negative comments directed at the UN, the worst of them initiated by the White House. I'm astounded that we even listen to their divisive rhetoric, which is also accompanied by fraudulent and ignored financial commitments by this administration. I am an absolute believer, that if this country truly supported and adhered to UN policies and programs, this world would have a far better chance of finding peace and understanding. But, as long as corrupt, divisive men such as George Bush and Dick Cheney are calling the shot's this wonderful international peace keeping organization doesn't stand much of a chance, and that is very sad, indeed it's a travesty!

Merrijo
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Merrijo in California writes:

Yes, it does well considering the problem of bringing so many differing cultures together.

It is the best option we have - I'd hate to see us try to do without it.

And - the U.S. should pay its agreed-upon dues in FULL.

phyllis
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Phyllis in New York writes:

The UN can't accomplish all we'd like it to but then who could? No one country can do what all these countries together under the umbrella of the UN can do for peace and humanity. We must all collaborate to make the world a better place to live. Keep supporting the UN.

Theresa
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Theresa in New York writes:

The UN is a vital voice for all people who agree or disagree. We need to hear the many-sided opinions, and be grateful that such a microphone exists. Although war still rages throughout the world, we have been kept focused on human dignity because of the UN. Long may its moral voice reign.

Starla
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

Starla in Washington, DC writes:

In my opinion, the United Nations is an institution with wonderful ideals, but is in need of a bit of reform. I am an international-idealist at heart, and I continue to support UN endeavors as I think they are intended to benefit the world at large. Even if the UN only functioned successfully one percent of the time, that one percent is better than not having the organization at all. Furthermore, the United Nations has the capacity to bring 192 member countries together to discuss international affairs, and it upholds the idea that what affects one country will in some way, affect all others (much like a domino effect). Thus, there is a global responsibility to provide security and peace to the world's citizens, and I firmly believe the UN tries to do this the majority of the time.

Evan
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Evan in New York writes:

Yes the United Nations continues to effectively fulfill its mission. Many people often say, "The United Nations did not do this..." or things along those lines. What people should be saying is "We did not do this..." This is because the United Nations is not an independent actor, it is what it's members, the nations of the world, encourage it and allow it to be. The United Nations is a table for discussion and diplomacy. If a meeting goes badly you do not blame the table the people sat at for the problems, you blame the people sitting around the table. The mission of the United Nations is to be a constant table, so there is always a place for the members of the world to sit and discuss, without resorting to war, ways to end conflict and fix problems. The United Nations has time and again been a stable fixture despite it's members sometimes counter-productive insistence on using war to solve conflicts. I would say overall the people of the world and thus the United Nations have effectively fulfilled their mission to remember we are all one global family and thus must act in the good of not our nation, religion, ethnicity, etc but in the good of humanity as a whole. The United Nations stands as a constant reminder to that and has pulled through time and time again to make sure everyone in our family has a voice and a home.

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