February 21, 2005
What Has The UN Done?
I take this partial list with a grain of salt:
-set standards for human rights based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
-promoted self-determination with over 80 Member States achieving independence since 1945
-led the international effort to eradicate illiteracy especially amongst girls and women
-undertaken peace-making in troubled areas such as in Afghanistan, El Salvador and the Iran- Iraq war
-battled poverty and promoted sustainable development in over 170 countries through UNDP
-helped focus economic policy on human need
-promoted children's rights through the Convention on the Rights of the Child
-promoted a greater recognition of women's rights through INSTRAW and UNIFEM
-pioneered 'children as a zone of peace' to support children in conflict zones
-provided aid and prevented starvation by distributing 2 million tons of food each year(WFP).
*These are some of the things the United Nations has been credited for accomplishing throughout its history as a World Organization
See full list here. Be sure to notice at the end of the report "Courtesy of the UN"
However, I also have to ask myself perhaps at the risk of sounding to others like one who is paranoid, the few I listed above I strongly disagree with. If these things have been accomplished, to what end and at what cost? I see serious contradictions to the previous list of accomplishments mentioned above. They have failed in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and the Sudan and who knows where else.
*The previous scandals we have seen emerge I fear are only the tip of the iceberg. Who knows what else is lurking under the rubble of what is quickly becoming a World Organization with no leader, no morals and no soul.