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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Martin
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Martin in California writes:

Yes it does when the Security Council lets it happen and the U.S., Iran and other states listen. We would not be in the Iraq mess if we had let the UN arms inspectors finish their job.

Sonja
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Sonja in California writes:

Yes, they do. Besides allowing the people of the world to talk to each other, they help millions of children, do peacekeeping and among, other things, try to have an unbiased approach to gaining consensus on world problems.

Vic
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Missouri, USA
October 24, 2007

Vic in MIssouri writes:

The UN does important things that wouldn't get done otherwise: such as environmental awareness (Nobel Prize), peace keeping missions, IAEA and weapons inspection functions, children's' programs and many others.

virginia f.
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United States
October 24, 2007

Virginia in U.S. writes:

As a pediatrician who has worked all over the world, I have seen what the UN has done for malaria nets, measles prevention. And how it is looking at the effects of climate change. Etc etc etc. A wonderfully long list.

The UN is fulfilling its mission!

Keep it up.

Jerry
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North Carolina, USA
October 24, 2007

Jerry in North Carolina writes:

Yes, the UN continues to fulfill its many missions effectively, in terms of substance as well as cost. Whether it's providing a forum for governments to interact on vital global matters, providing assistance to governments seeking to improve the lives of their people and move toward development, providing humanitarian assistance to help refugees and victims of natural disasters, or in the realm of peacekeeping and nation building, the United Nations is uniquely equipped and able to carry out its many roles.

Mary
October 24, 2007

Mary writes:

I believe that the UN is being effective. Nothing is perfect but it is the best we have to try to do something globally and we need to continue to support it. I belong to an NGO with a representative at the UN and through that organization I am able to be in touch with some of the efforts that are being made.

Diana
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Diana in New York writes:

I am so excited about the work that th UN has accomplished. Just hearing about these achievements has made me feel a renewed faith in the potential of our human race and greater equality of opportunity for people across the globe.

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

JV in Washington, DC writes:

he United States was instrumental in the formation of the UN and also contributed to its name. No single country in the world can host a forum of nations independently or unilaterally without the suspicion of self interest to resolve problems that arise in the world.The world is used to the fact that the single body of the UN is a body that will be fair to all.I urge the United States to support the UN and make it a success.No country in the world can accept unilateral action save through the UN which gives credibility.The UN has been a complete success!

Lana
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Indiana, USA
October 24, 2007

Lana in Indiana writes:

Yes. In a divided and chaotic world, with huge discrepancies between the rich and the poor, the UN offers a forum for the representatives of all nations to share in policy-making. UN peace keepers have provided invaluable help in many critical situations; the UN does not always move quickly or in the direction the US would prefer, but it does the crucial work of pushing the negotiations forward in dangerous places. And the UN's work of providing humanitarian aid has been impressive.

The U.S. policy of going it alone, essentially, in Iraq and other places is not only arrogant but foolhardy. The UN offers a place for "the decent opinion of mankind" to be consulted and new ways of working together to be found.

Suz
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New Jersey, USA
October 24, 2007

Suz in New Jersey writes:

I think they are a good mediator but I wish our Pres would listen to them more often. I also wish they would be more demonstrative and demanding that countries settle conflicts without going to war.

Nancy
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United States
October 24, 2007

Nancy in USA writes:

Yes. Millions of children are protected against preventable diseases.

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.

Virginia F.
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North Carolina, USA
October 24, 2007

Virginia in North Carolina writes:

I have been so pleased to see the cooperative efforts of the UN Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NBA, and the UMC, and to be invited to be part of these efforts through Nothing but Nets. The Nobel Prize is quite a coup, and evidence of the effectiveness of the UN as well as of the vision of Al Gore.

It appears that the Peacekeeping Operations are effective in many places. I wish that the whole world would support these operations, but the recalcitrance of bullies should not negate the on-going efforts of the UN.

Nancy
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Illinois, USA
October 24, 2007

Nancy in Illinois writes:

I believe the United Nations does a great job! Just the fact that the Bush-ites don't like it says to me it must be a good thing for the poor, helpless and unwanted.

berry
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North Carolina, USA
October 24, 2007

Berry in North Carolina writes:

Yes ! I am 100% behind the UN! It's a difficult job but they are a big help to our world ! Best.

Weldon
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Weldon in California writes:

The UN does an excellent job when it is supported. Deficiencies result from our poor support.

Robert
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Georgia
October 24, 2007

Robert in Georgia writes:

Yes, the UN serves an incredibly worthwhile purpose, and serves as our common conscience. No human organization is perfect, but without them where would we be? - Back to separate 'tribes' throwing stones at each other, with no mediator between them. Look at what they do: it's the only forum on this planet where nations sit down together and air their differences for all to hear and comment on; they construct and deploy multinational peacekeeping forces to places in conflict; they immunize children in poor countries; conduct panels to learn the best ways to avoid climate change; send children, especially girls, to school in places where it used to be impossible; and the list goes on and on.
With the go-it-alone, cowboy mentality we now have in the White House, the UN isn't getting the respect, thoughtful
consideration OR financial support it should be getting from the U.S.A.

Given the support and place of honor it deserves, the U.N. can become what it was meant to be - a global forum where all nations can air their differences, and with help from the others, peacefully work them out; and places in need of assistance or peacekeeping can get that help, from all.

Sybel
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Wisconsin, USA
October 24, 2007

Sybel in Wisconsin writes:

The United Nations is the organization which all nations turn to as a unifying force. Each country relates better to the next one because of the assembly in New York, USA and the Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Some problems could be solved if more citizens worked together in the world. The United Nations guides those interested in peace through leadership programs which reach to countries lacking leadership and resources. The United Nations has many programs which benefit others to offer. The people one meets there are truly devoted to serving others who are sincere in their participation in developing the world economy in totality.

Toby
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Florida, USA
October 24, 2007

Toby in California writes:

I believe the United Nations is the primary world organization in existence today. Its aiding in peacekeeping missions is extraordinary. Its help in disasters is impressive, and its work for children's relief is superb. What it seems to be lacking is the full funding by the United States. I find this shameful. The United States brought down the League of Nations; I hope the U. S. doesn't aid in the downfall of the UN.

Joe
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Texas, USA
October 24, 2007

Joe in Texas writes:

Yes, the UN does effectively fulfill its mission. I am tired of hearing that we should abolish it or drop out of it. It can't solve every problem, but it's the best thing we have.

Betsy
October 24, 2007

Betsy writes:

The United Nations definitely continues to effectively fulfill its mission. The USA should do more to facilitate the UN's environmental, educational, peace keeping, health and disaster relief efforts. Working closely with other nations through the UN is important to reestablishing the world's respect for the US.

Brynn
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Australia
October 24, 2007

Brynn in Australia writes:

The UN was established to prevent the recurrence of world wars. Whilst we still live in a world with war in many areas, we have not had another world war and the UN has successfully stopped many conflicts. More importantly the UN provides a venue where the poorer, less powerful countries of the world can have their views considered and acted on rather than the views of any global superpower being dominant.

Raul A.
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Raul in California writes:

I believe the United Nations is doing excellent work but it could improve its activities if the U.S. government provides more resources and allows its democratic processes to go forward without the U.S. government interference.

Stewart W.
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Georgia
October 24, 2007

Stewart in Georgia writes:

The UN certainly has a long way to go, but on our increasingly interdependent planet, where nations and corporations can no longer operate without affecting everyone, whether they want to or not (e.g., global warming and air pollution), we must have it, and more of it. The planetary common good can no longer be ensured by business interests operating beyond the reach of national governments, and national governments that are still free to disregard the world's welfare.

Lillia L.
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Wisconsin, USA
October 24, 2007

Lillia in Wisconsin writes:

When I was a student and heard about the possibility of the formation of the UN, I was overjoyed. As I read again the goals and the hopes of the UN, I am still filled with hope. My greatest concern is that sometimes large affluent countries (US?) are not as supportive of the organization. All countries must believe that nations can work together in peace. I pray that someday the UN can achieve this goal.

Paul
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Kentucky, USA
October 24, 2007

Paul in Kentucky writes:

No it does not. Then again, how can it with the United States constantly refusing to pay it's dues and undermining the United Nations efforts?

The question should not be whether the UN is effective. It should be whether the United States is going to support the United Nations to the point that it is effective and to stop undercutting its mission.

In peace and with hope.

Lillia L.
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Wisconsin, USA
October 24, 2007

Lillia in Wisconsin writes:

When I think of the many world refugees, I wonder what would happen if the UN did not exist. when I think of the many economic, social and humanitarian needs that have been responded to, I am grateful for the UN. True much more needs to be done. All member nations must cooperate in order to make it happen. Despite the flaws, I would hope the United Nations would continue its efforts to help solve social and economic problems. Member nations must turn from their militaristic way of solving problems and then their will monies available to solve the other problems.

Anne
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Minnesota, USA
October 24, 2007

Anne in Minnesota writes:

Yes, the UN is working to help others effectively and we need to continue to support the UN with full funding.

Sandra
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Wisconsin, USA
October 24, 2007

Sandra in Wisconsin writes:

The UN is VERY important to the world!

Shirley
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Wisconsin, USA
October 24, 2007

Shirley in Wisconsin writes:

Yes, I do think that the UN continues to effectively fulfill its mission. It helps to solve economic and social problems around the world.

MAnny
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Missouri, USA
October 24, 2007

Manny in Missouri writes:

The United Nations is the foundation for bilateralism. Due to its broad global activities and its complexity, many are unaware of its importance. However, it is only through the United Nations and global actions that all nations will be able to resolve global challenges. I strongly support the United Nations and its direction and its goals.

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