When the United Nations was established 70 years ago, the foundations of the modern world were laid.
And for seven decades, the U.N. remained fundamentally unchanged, with its Charter acting as the key document determining the way the international community functions.
Fundamentally the U.N., its Charter and international law have been keepers of peace, setting out a relative order in a chaotic world.
But the world has been changing, evolving and developing. It has become far more complex. The world population has reached 7 billion people. And the number of U.N.-member sovereign states has risen from 51 when it was founded in 1945, to almost 200 today.
The U.N. world order was not a perfect one since the very beginning. The principles of its core document – self-determination, territorial integrity, the national sovereignty – have become instruments of tough geopolitical games. They are interpreted and reinterpreted according to the interests of one global player or another.
The challenges the world faces demand a fast response – something that cannot be given by a 70-year-old dotard.Maria Dubovikova