The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction (2nd Edition) by Jussi M. Hanhimäki

By Jussi M. Hanhimäki

The United countries: a really brief creation offers a quick background of the United international locations (UN), earlier than interpreting its successes and screw ups as a father or mother of overseas peace and protection, as a promoter of human rights, as a protector of overseas legislation, and as an engineer of socio-economic improvement. The UN's numerous palms and firms, corresponding to UNESCO and UNICEF, are mentioned in addition to a serious evaluate of the UN safeguard Council's involvement in fresh crises in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, and Syria. despite its hindrances, the UN is probably going to outlive for the foreseeable destiny, however it needs to confront new demanding situations in a swiftly altering international.

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This represents less than two percent of the world’s military spending. 45 An impossible hybrid: the structure of the United Nations The practical consequences of such systemic division are controversial. One is justified in asking, for example, why UNICEF should be required to spend more of its time in fundraising to assist disadvantaged children than the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is required in planning its activities to enhance intercultural understanding?

First, the decisions of the Security Council are binding and require a majority of nine out of fifteen—rather than unanimity as was the case in the League—to be passed. Second, the permanent members are clearly more powerful than the nonpermanent ones: any one of the five can block a decision by using its right of veto. This clause has prompted numerous calls for reform: the five permanent members may have been the ‘‘great powers’’ of 1945; they certainly were the key victorious powers of World War II.

There is no point in mincing words: the UN is a structural monstrosity, a conglomeration of organizations, divisions, bodies, and secretariats all with their distinctive acronyms that few can ever imagine being able to master. This, alone, explains many of the UN’s problems. 26 The central point, though, is that the rationale behind the creation of this hybrid—the Picasso abstraction in Hammarskjo ¨ld’s words— is simple: it was made up by people from many nations, with divergent backgrounds and goals.

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