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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John
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Indiana, USA
October 24, 2007

John in Indiana writes:

The UN does a lot better job than you do!!! Catch up NOW before it is toooo LATE!!!

Maureen
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New Mexico, USA
October 24, 2007

Maureen in New Mexico writes:

Yes! The UN has so many missions, some may fall a bit short, but from my point of view we have a wonderful organization trying to maintain the good of all people. ...Very tall orders. Whatever we do in the U.S.A. we must support with dollars and energy all we can. This administration has tried its best to do away with the UN we cannot let that happen.

Frank
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Maryland, USA
October 24, 2007

Frank in Maryland writes:

So far as I can tell, the UN is doing well in fulfilling its purposes. Still, we can always use additional peace efforts and aid to suffering and dying persons in whatever part of the world.

Don
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South Dakota, USA
October 24, 2007

Don in South Dakota writes:

Although one of its main handicaps seems to be obstructionist and unilateralist U.S. policy, the UN does a very creditable job in many spheres. We can only hope that, with a change in U.S. political leadership, the UN can pursue a more unfettered course toward resolving the very daunting problems facing us as a species.

Joan
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Joan in New York writes:

As I live nearby, I have come to know a lot about the United Nations, its structure, its agencies and the way it pulls together the diverse countries of the world toward common goals. As pulled apart as our world seems to be, it is good to know there is an entity that works to pull it back together...and to work to eliminate the poverty and lack of resources in many parts of the world that lead to instability and violence. My country is the U.S.A., a member of the United Nations, with a powerful voice there with veto power in the UN Security Council. ...I wish my country were less arrogant (appointing an Ambassador to the UN that disdained it publicly, preemptively invading invading another country) and more supportive of the cooperative efforts made by small groups of member states that work more toward peace.

It is my dream that on UN Day oday, my country would really show its support for the hard work done by the international civil servant staff and so many countries at the UN.

Alice
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Iowa, USA
October 24, 2007

Alice in Iowa writes:

The UN provides the only all-inclusive forum in the world for discussion of topics that affect us all and disputes that threaten to break into open conflict. UN Declarations and Conventions provide standards accepted by a large majority of the world's countries that allow human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, to monitor and advocate for the humane treatment of citizens around the world at the hands of their governments. Through the UN, we can present a united front against such challenges as SARS, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other global health threats. The recent award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an example of a well-deserved, but all-too-infrequent, recognition of the UN's good work for the well-being of all the world's people.

S.
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

S in Washington, DC writes:

The UN does some good things, but is a dismal failure with respect to human rights and fair treatment of Israel.

Frances B.
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Virginia, USA
October 24, 2007

Frances in Virginia writes:

Yea, the United Nations has done much through the years to establish peace and justice throughout the world, and continues to effectively fulfill its mission. We, the U.S.A., need to cooperate more, support it more and pay our bills so that it can be even more effective.

Duane
October 24, 2007

Duane writes:

For half a century, my wife, Sarah, and I have backed the important work of the UN and have long been distressed by our nation's uneven record of support. As with any governmental organization, corruption and mismanagement is always threatening the good work of altruistic leaders and their hard working staff.

45 is a number, not a word

Renata C.
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Canada
October 24, 2007

Renata in Canada writes:

The UN has always done the best it can, you will have problems, but the system works.

Marla
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New Mexico, USA
October 24, 2007

Marla in New Mexico writes:

Yes, they effectively fulfill their mission.

Jason
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Minnesota, USA
October 24, 2007

Jason in Minneapolis writes:

The UN has spent 62 years working for peace. List of ongoing accomplishments:
1. Peacekeeping
2. Peace negotiations
3. Disease prevention
4. Humanitarian work and disaster relief

Please support full funding of the UN by the U.S.A.

Peggy N.
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North Carolina, USA
October 24, 2007

Peggy in North Carolina writes:

The UN through its agencies distributes 2 million tons of food each year, is a first responder--arriving to aid the 2004 Tsunami victims within 48 hours and is still there. The UN has made drinking water safe3 for more than 1.2 billion people. In 62 years the UN has negotiated over 170 peaceful settlements that have ended regional conflicts and is credited with saving humanity from WW III. The UN works to eliminate land mines, which kill or injure about 2,000 people each month. The UN is active all over the world and has structures already in place on the ground to aid people. No other organization has ever achieved so much for humanity.

Melissa
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Melissa in New York writes:

The UN is working to combat climate change (at a better rate than the US government) and recently won the Nobel Prize for the effort. The UN has helped protect children from preventable disease through The Measles Initiative, and has supported emergency efforts in Darfur refugee camps and the coastal regions of Peru recently devastated by earthquakes.

Jennifer
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Indiana, USA
October 24, 2007

Jennifer in Indiana writes:

For the most part, I think it does. The UN has been instrumental in many peacemaking efforts, for example, and in holding countries accountable for their promises. However, as others have said, any human-run organization has corruption, too.

Peace.

Jay
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Jay in New York writes:

UN intervention has been saving millions of lives for 60 years via peacekeepers, food aid, diplomatic mediation...an essential institution for the globe.

Mary
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Colorado, USA
October 24, 2007

Mary in Colorado writes:

Given all the great things the UN and its agencies do to promote peace and harmony and health, and take care of the unfortunate of the world, if there were no UN it would have to be established.

Patti
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Florida, USA
October 24, 2007

Patti in Florida writes:

Leave the UN in and get Bush out. UN does its job. Bush don"t!

Lynn
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Arizona, USA
October 24, 2007

Lynn in Arizona writes:

When the United States keeps current on paying its membership dues, and refrains from hog-tying the agenda to benefit our own selfish interests, YES! - the United Nations does a wonderful job in fulfilling its mission. Unfortunately, its TRUE promise and potential impact have never been realized in large part because the first two conditions have rarely been met. Let's fix that! And allow the UN to become even more effective in bringing peace, environmental integrity, health and education to the ENTIRE global community.

Guy N.
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Cameroon
October 24, 2007

Guy in Cameroon writes:

I think that the reform of the United Nations system is intended to enable it to effectively play a regulator in the world.
Of course it's not easy but the UN does what is its duty under the leadership of its general secretary.
But civil society wants to be more involved than before in the decisions of the United Nations.
Especially in the field of development and the settlement of some conflicts.
But we believe that the United Nations play its role

Jim P.
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Nebraska, USA
October 24, 2007

Jim in Nebraska writes:

The UN has had some success- particularly in humanitarian efforts. It also has its share of failures and problems.

Too often, funds have been stolen and misappropriated. It has been used as a venue to promote lies,deceit and propaganda. Some of its members have taken advantage of diplomatic immunity to prey on American citizens. It is terribly inefficient. There is little accountability. Still, it is better than nothing- but not much.

Patricia
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Ohio, USA
October 24, 2007

Patricia in Ohio writes:

It's one world and we all have to take care of it and it beings.

Michael
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Michael in California writes:

I cannot imagine a world without the United Nations. At the very least, it provides a meeting point for member nations to confront one another and to search for actions and ideals that can be undertaken in common to the benefit of the world's peoples. I deplore the fact that the United States of America is still withholding funds previously pledged to the UN.

Todd
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Colorado, USA
October 24, 2007

Todd in Colorado writes:

Dear Sir/Maam,

Yes, the UN fulfills its mission effectively.

Didn't the UN just win the Nobel Peace Prize again? Must be doing a lot right to win that.

They help with preventable diseases and peacekeeping missions all over the world.

Just like any organization, there are probably strengths and weaknesses. Fix those weaknesses and improve the whole program.

Only through continued support from all UN Member States will the United Nations continue to be able to carry out its invaluable work.

Thank you.

Robert
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North Carolina, USA
October 24, 2007

Robert in North Carolina writes:

The United Nations, like the United States and every other huge organization, is not perfect; but it does work that is essential to the improvement of international cooperation, the health of our populations (especially in developing nations), and world peace. We must preserve and enhance the UN, with the help of our colleague nations. Only by such activity can we claim to have any moral authority and moral mission in the world.

Sandra B.
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New Mexico, USA
October 24, 2007

Sandra in New Mexico writes:

The UN is doing a wonderful job being the watch post for our world at large. We need to see ourselves as a global community and behave as one.

Edison
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

Edison in Washington, DC writes:

The UN does continue to effectively fulfill its mission. For example the UN Panel on climate change just won their Nobel Prize

Tia
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Colorado, USA
October 24, 2007

Tia in Colorado writes:

Yes, I believe the United Nations fulfills its mission well! It is an integral component of a system dedicated to peaceful relationships around the world.

Plato O.
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Nigeria
October 24, 2007

Plato in Nigeria writes:

I always see UN as peaceful umbrella covering every nation and vividly UN has been playing major rules bring nations together as one community.

Joshua S.
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Joshua in California writes:

Of course there's always room for improvement but, it does fulfill its mission effectively.

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