Failures and breakthroughs – exposed, reflected, considered

Successes of United Nations (bonus)

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Despite all its failures, inconsistencies and difficulties, check the below  list of successes of the UN:

  • The first and foremost is that it has prevented the occurrence of any further world wars. Instrumental in the maintenance of international balance of power.
  • It played a significant role in disarming the world and making it nuclear free (well, almost). Various treaty negotiations like ‘Partial Test Ban Treaty’ and ‘Nuclear non-proliferation treaty’ have been signed under UN.
  • Demise of colonialism and imperialism on one hand and apartheid on the other had UN sanctions behind them.
  • The UN acted as vanguard for the protection of human rights of the people of the world, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.
  • UN agencies and affiliates such as WHO, UNICEF, and UNESCO have keenly participated in the transformation of the international social sector.
  • Limited but moderately successful peace-brokering arrangements and peace-keeping operations in a number of conflict zones (since 1945, the UN has been credited with negotiating 172 peaceful settlements that have ended regional conflicts).
  • The world body was also instrumental in institutionalization of international laws and world legal framework.
  • Passage of various conventions and declarations on child, women, climate, etc, highlights the extra-political affairs of the otherwise political world body.
  • UN interventions in a number of peace missions in Africa have done reasonably well to control the situation.
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Written by Hayk

August 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

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