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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Sanford
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New Mexico, USA
October 24, 2007

Sanford in New Mexico writes:

Of course the UN is fulfilling its mission and would be more effective and efficient in this regard if the U.S. would pay its dues and be more respectful of the opinions, concerns and desires of other nations.

Mari
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

Mari in Washington, DC writes:

Yes the UN is effective in its mission and needs the support of the US to promote peace and goodwill.

James
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Missouri, USA
October 24, 2007

James in Missouri writes:

I am amazed by how much the UN accomplishes, especially with the limited support it receives from the U.S.A. Much still needs to be done, but it is one of the positive forces in the world for all people. I would urge greater support for all countries in the world.

Glenn S.
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Glenn in New York writes:

The UN is a key to world harmony and growth. With to many world cultures and diversity,racism and bigotry, it is a wonder they gather at all.

Vel
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Pennsylvania, USA
October 24, 2007

Vel in Pennsylvania writes:

YES!

Phyllis K.
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Wisconsin, USA
October 24, 2007

Phyllis in Wisconsin writes:

Yes, definitely. It is our best way to work for peace.

Jeanne
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Illinois, USA
October 24, 2007

Jeanne in Illinois writes:

While it is not a perfect organization it is the most important instrument for peace we have in place. The world can not do without it and we should make every effort to support it and make it ever more effective.

John K.
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Pennsylvania, USA
October 24, 2007

John in Pennsylvania writes:

We need the U N.

Catherine M.
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United States
October 24, 2007

Catherine in U.S.A. writes:

We know of the failure of the UN but rarely hear of the many wars it has avoided in the past and the ones it is working to prevent right now for instance the potential conflict between Nigeria and Cameroon.

The United Nations is not getting the credit it deserves.

Ralph
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Ralph in New York writes:

In this crazy world of violence against weak economic countries and weak military countries. By foolish and arrogant countries, like the U.S.A., UN or other organizations of peace and other organized people with common sense throughout the world, need a platform, many platforms, to tell countries, like the U.S., to sit down and shut up. The era of a U.S.A. (a ubiquitous, selfish, arrogant state) is over.

Cleo M.
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Virginia, USA
October 24, 2007

Cleo in Virginia writes:

The United Nations has played a more important place in my life than anything else -- in reading, writing, work, recreation, communication, travel. And all of this ever since the day it was launched in San Francisco, where I was living in 1945.

We must not only keep the United Nations alive but strengthen it so that one day it can become the transformational force that will make ours a democratically governed planet.

Wayne S.
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New York, USA
October 24, 2007

Wayne in New York writes:

Yes, the UN continues to effectively fulfill its mission.

chad
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Louisiana, USA
October 24, 2007

Chad in Louisiana writes:

I love the earth and want it better.

Ervin
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Ervin in California writes:

The UN functions well within the limitations caused by countries which intentionally hamper its effectiveness.

Mary A.
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Minnesota, USA
October 24, 2007

Mary in Minnesota writes:

Yes, definitely. The UN has the most peacekeepers working around the world that it has ever had. It is doing great things in fighting disease in Africa. It is still our best hope for world peace. It would be still better if it got better financial support from big countries that can afford more support than they are now offering. Perhaps even more important would be better media coverage of what the UN is doing in many areas. It gets very little publicity and most people are totally unaware of its contributions to the world.

Lwindjwla
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Australia
October 24, 2007

Lwindjwla in Austrailia writes:

YES! The UN fulfills its mission - ask the people in Africa whose lives NOBODY but the UN has attempted to save. Ask the people in Burma, where nobody but the UN has attempted to pressure the military regime into treating its people more humanely. Ask the millions of refugees and starving people around the world, whom we in the West are abandoning, and justifying that to ourselves somehow, while the UN struggles to get voluntary food relief and housing for them. YES the UN fulfills its mission - and if it doesn't, it's because the wealthy nations of the West insist on under-funding and stymieing it. Thank you.

Michael
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Michael in California writes:

Yes, but it would do better if we were more committed to it.

Michael
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Canada
October 24, 2007

Michael in Canada writes:

The UN is extremely effective in fulfilling its mission of providing an arena for diplomatic intercourse between all nations. In addition to this, the UN has achieved and continues to achieve tremendously in advancing global health and poverty-reduction initiatives.

Celia
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Celia in California writes:

Yes, I approve of the united Nations and the work that it does.

Barbara B.
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Minnesota, USA
October 24, 2007

Barbara in Minnesota writes:

Although I do wish that the UN had more power than it does, many good things have been accomplished and I thank you for that.

Charles
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Texas, USA
October 24, 2007

Charles in Texas writes:

The United Nations DOES continue to fulfill its mission.

The United States, however, has lost its "smarts" in dealing with its relations to foreign countries, and with dealing with the U.N.

The U.S. has descended into the lower depths ... from its high point in the 1950's when it and the U.N. were jointly involved with the aggression of North Korea.

Marilyn
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Texas, USA
October 24, 2007

Marilyn in Texas writes:

The UN does fulfill its mission very well. sometimes world leaders hamper its work by their lack of respect and cooperation. If the UN could act freely, war might not be our only way to handle problems - in fact we might be living in a world of communication rather than a world of threats and bullying. All members should pay their fees and support this great organization.

Elaine
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Oregon, USA
October 24, 2007

Elaine in Oregon writes:

The UN is fulfilling its mission to promote peace and a better standard living for all the world people. Three times in the past seven years the UN entity has been recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize. In the past year, more than 110 countries sent troops to serve in 18 UN peacekeeping missions contributing to the largest deployment of UN peacekeepers in history. Aided by the UN's work in Afghanistan, more children are attending school than ever before in the country's history and UNICEF helps the world's children.

Tonja
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Minnesota, USA
October 24, 2007

Tonja in Minnesota writes:

I believe the UN fulfills its mission of bringing peace and hope to the world. It is one of the largest organizations focused on positiveness and peace WORLDWIDE. We should all strive for more peace, love and understanding in our daily lives. I was impressed with the simple act of providing nets to protect people from malaria. All of the worlds problems need not require new ideas or extravagant science intervention.

Peggy
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Utah, USA
October 24, 2007

Peggy in Utah writes:

Yes. The UN is working on the issue of climate change, has established schools in Afghanistan, provided measles vaccinations and mosquito netting in Africa, provides peace keepers, in addition to providing technical support in disaster situations. We need to support this agency.

Anne
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Kentucky, USA
October 24, 2007

Anne in Kentucky writes:

I believe so. Where would the world be without the UN? Some examples in favor of the UN: 1)The mail in the world would not even move without it. 2)It is the only forum that gets all the nations together. 3)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.4)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.

We definitely need a world built on multilateralism, rather than unilaterlaism, and the UN is the only vehicle for such.
In this world of globalization, we definitely need all nations united.

David
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District Of Columbia, USA
October 24, 2007

David in Washington, DC writes:

Yes, the UN is doing what it can, given its limitation of being an organization of member states, which is to say the power brokers of every nation.

It would be good to have a United Peoples Organization. I think that will eventually occur (and already is doing so via NGOs).

Judith
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California, USA
October 24, 2007

Judith in California writes:

Yes, the United Nations continues to fulfill its mission, without a doubt. On all levels in most societies in our one world now threatened with global climate change that requires us human beings, everywhere, to cooperate to save the planet as we know it.

Linda
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Arizona, USA
October 24, 2007

Linda in Arizona writes:

Yes, the UN is important. There are so many problems in this world, and so much needs to be done. That's why there must be an agency that tackles issues and problems in places that otherwise would be overlooked or ignored.

Rod
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Florida, USA
October 24, 2007

The United Nations is extremely effective in fulfilling its mission despite exceptional efforts of United States administrations to undermine, to defund, and to subvert that mission. That the United Nations can carry out its mission despite such sabotage by the most powerful nation on earth is evidence of its efficacy. The United Nations could accomplish untold good for global humanity and for a sustainable earth were the United States to fully support that greater mission!

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