The Strengths and Weaknesses of the United Nations

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GOVT 1000- Introduction to Politics
Topic: Using examples, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations.

“ The true measure of the success for the United Nations is not how much we promise, but how much we deliver for those who need us most,” United Nations Secretary General-elect. The United Nations is an organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights and achievement of world peace. It had its genesis in 1945 where fifty countries signed the United Nations Charter on the 26th June in San Francisco providing a mechanism by which countries could meet to find solutions, ensure peace and security in developing friendly relations among nations as well as promoting human rights and better standards of living. From thence forth the United Nations as a neutral entity have lived up to its aims and objectives for the greater good of maintaining a stable political atmosphere. Contrariwise, there persist deep seated shortcomings of the functions the establishment. As such the pros and cons of the United Nations would be examined. Primarily, a major strength of the United Nations is its efforts in elucidating the crisis from which it emerged. As such many of the issues which the world was confronted with in 1945 have been addressed. This can be seen with the organization’s mediatory efforts in resolving conflict in territories. Intrinsically, particular reference can be observed in the Cold War Era 1947-1953 where the world was in a state of political and military tension between the powers of the western world led by the United States and the communist world led by the Soviet Union. As the world was divided East and West, Capitalist and Communist, US and USSR, the United Nations had its first opportunities to establish its role as a mediator in the international system. Moreover, the United Nations was involved in the establishment of an Israeli...
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