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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Shannon
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Costa Rica
October 24, 2007

Shannon in California writes:

While the UN could always stand improvement, it fulfills an important mission in our world system and must be strengthened, not weakened.

Barbara
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Arizona, USA
October 24, 2007

Barbara in Arizona writes:

The UN needs to continue to expand efforts to promote peace and prosperity, especially among developing nations. Train local people to do the work and receive the resources, not governments.

Camy
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New Mexico, USA
October 24, 2007

Camy in New Mexico writes:

I am a great supporter of the United Nations and I urge my President and our Congress to increase funding at all levels for this global effort. I believe in the UN Mission and have hope that the USA will do more to assist the leadership and all committees and programs of this organization. We are one planet, one world and we must be of one heart, too.

Jean
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Pennsylvania, USA
October 24, 2007

Jean in Pennsylvania writes:

The UN has done much good humanitarian work all over the world and should be encouraged and continued. We need
more peaceful ways to maintain peace, not war, today.

Norman
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Montana, USA
October 24, 2007

Norman in Montana writes:

In the absence of the UN, many squabbles among nation states would be resolved by bloodshed. I consider the UN an important medium for peacekeeping all over the world. We are all one people, and have only one earth upon which to live. We forget that at our peril.

Harold E.
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Harold & Eva in California writes:

We support the UN wholeheartedly. We used to work for USAID and know from personal experience the UN's positive role in our world.

Surely the State Department, whose mandate is diplomacy, is supportive of the UN and will help educate the U.S. public, and I might add, its politicians as to the importance of giving our strong backing to UN operations

samprit
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Samprit in New York writes:

UN is the best hope for peace in the World. The various agencies help in health, food, and organization of various services in the world. We should support to the limit.

Susan H.
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New Jersey, USA
October 24, 2007

Susan in New Jersey writes:

A resounding YES

Frank
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New Jersey, USA
October 24, 2007

Frank in New Jersey writes:

The United Nations is fulfilling its mission. It is in the process of reform, which is good. The UN was founded by the U.S. and we should support it fully.

It is much more than just a forum and the the U.S. citizenry should be made aware of all the good it does.

MichaelAnnVanDeWater
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Michael in California writes:

Yes!!!! We need to never have a Geno-nation again!!! Or a Geno-D World. We are the example for the others, RIGHT? We have evol-D... don't you think? P.S. I am for smart peace... Unification of leaders and Countries, Education...of World Leaders....would be nice. A NON/Mystic Thinker.

Betsy B.
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North Carolina, USA
October 24, 2007

Betsy in North Carolina writes:

Yes. The UN fulfills its mission but it could so much better if the U.S. paid its dues.

Brian K.
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Kentucky, USA
October 24, 2007

Brian in Kentucky writes:

Yes, the UN effectively fulfills it's mission---When was the last time a President of the U.S.A. won the Nobel Peace Prize???

John
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Arizona, USA
October 24, 2007

John in Arizona writes:

Of course, the UN falls short in achieving all of which it is capable. It is an idea created by 'man' based on the world which existed in 1945. It suffers the inefficiencies and ineffectiveness of every institution created by man, complicated by the multitude of cultures, religions, languages, economies, and political systems. Nevertheless, the many agencies within the UN do yeoman's work every day around the world to reduce human suffering and offer hope for brighter futures. Unfortunately, only the UN's problems are covered religiously by the media. Further, America's experience in Afghanistan and Iraq clearly demonstrate we as much as anyone need the UN to offer legitimacy and burden sharing in addressing threats to the entire world. Strengthen the UN, not weaken it!

Helen
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Florida, USA
October 24, 2007

Helen in Florida writes:

The UN has been able to send aid and personnel to such areas as Darfur and Peru to assist people in recent times. They have also sent peacekeepers to some troubled areas of the world. Let's keep the UN funded and active in trying to solve problems. Thank you.

Andrea
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Andrea in California writes:

The United Nations is a beacon of hope for world collaboration to ameliorate human crises and injustice as well for peaceful solution of national and international conflict. As a child psychologist and as a Christian, I strongly believe that the United Nations should be financially supported embraced by all countries, particularly the United States, as equally or more important than our own defense department. The crises facing our world are bigger than one country's military can address--they are catastrophic on a global scale. Global cooperation will be the only answer.

Lila
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Colorado, USA
October 24, 2007

Lila in Colorado writes:

Yes, the UN is very effective and the US should participate as fully as possible to keep it vital and viable.

A UN project won the Nobel Peace Prize again for the 3rd time in 7 years.

Highest Number of Afghan Children Enrolled in School in Country's History due to UN aid.

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.

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.

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

Hubert
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

Hubert in Washington writes:

Happy Birthday, you underfed and under loved best hope for peace. Americans remember: The League of Nations and the UN were the brainchildren of U.S. presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt, who presided over the 2 bloodiest contests in history, and pushed for a better means to stop or mitigate wars.

Some helpful changes: make the EU a member and drop the EU individual memberships from the roster....at least eventually. Give India, Japan, and Indonesia a permanent seat on the Security Council. Give the Arab Nation a permanent seat on the Security Council, but rotate it year-by-year among the 18 countries who are majority Arab-speaking. When UN peacekeepers are put in a country, give them the authority to shoot back if shot at. Amend the charter to take away the VETO power from any Security Council member which does not pay its dues on time. Are you listening, USA? It's time to face the fact that the UN is going to have to have a roll in changing the boundaries of some of its member states. It's also time to admit countries everybody wishes would go away like Somaliland, the Transdniester Republic, Bougainville, Adzharia, Stepanakert, the Karenni Nation, as well as other states who manage to hold their territory against other armed forces for, say, 5 years. It's also time to create a chamber for representatives from all those ethnic separation movements which are called "terrorists" or "patriots", depending on whether you agree with them or not. Don't give them a vote, but peace might benefit if they're given some global attention in a dignified setting, and perhaps they might generate some suggestions for changes that might help the UN in its mission of Peacemaker. Your Friend.

Elpis
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New Jersey, USA
October 24, 2007

Elpis in New Jersey writes:

The United Nations can only continue to be able to carry out its invaluable work, if all the UN member states continue to support it.

Mary
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Florida, USA
October 24, 2007

Mary in Florida writes:

I believe the United Nations performs many missions that are beneficial to the planet. If the UN and its mandate were to be abolished, the world would be engaged in many more conflicts, wars and destructive practices than currently exist. As a citizen of the U.S., I am ashamed that the current administration seems to prefer to bash the UN instead of supporting it. Perhaps in 2009, that will change.

Michael
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Arizona, USA
October 24, 2007

Michael IN Arizona writes:

Yes it does. 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.

I've also been made aware of 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.

I believe the UN is fulfilling its mission in spite of the US rather shaky support.

Anne
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Anne in San Diego writes:

Yes, the United Nations continues to fulfill its mission--very effectively and economically.

Nancy
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Wyoming, USA
October 24, 2007

Nancy in Wyoming writes:

Yes the UN does fulfill its mission and would be able to do far more if the U.S.A. did not constantly hassle it, put it down and not pay its UN dues.

Rev. S.
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Vermont, USA
October 24, 2007

Diana in Vermont writes:

The UN fulfills an important mission which must be maintained.

Natasha
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Natasha in New York writes:

yeyness!

Bawa
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Bawa in New York writes:

The United Nations is increasingly more relevant today than it ever was. A Multi Lateral framework augurs well for our future which is envisioned on a free, fair, just, democratic, healthy, prosperous and Joyful society!

The UN is engaged in every possible way you can imagine in our lives. Let us acknowledge that and then see what we, each of us, need to do to strengthen our United Nations! Follow the Gandhian principle of "Be the Change you want to See"!

norma
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North Carolina, USA
October 24, 2007

Norma in North Carolina writes:

The UN responds to humanitarian causes and crises. It helps prevent and treat illness around the world. It may not be perfect, but I wouldn't want to see a world without the UN.

Jerry Z.
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Jerry in New York writes:

Yes, it does

Caroll
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Illinois, USA
October 24, 2007

Caroll in Illinois writes:

The UN does an excellent job, considering the escalated temperament and politics and the limited monetary resource actually received from the member countries to support its endeavor.

Don
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North Carolina, USA
October 24, 2007

Don in North Carolina writes:

The UN does many good thing which the USA is politically prevented from doing. The people of USA need the UN.

Shan
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Washington, USA
October 24, 2007

Shan in Washington writes:

There is no other venue in which we can come together to discuss and solve the ever-growing list of problems that cross country lines. It is an essential organization and the US needs to more pro-actively engage and fund the UN. Particularly the peacekeeping missions it votes for but does not fully fund the share we 'say' we will ã thus leaving the UN out in the cold and our people under-protected.

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