Seven decades is a long time, and 192 states is a big mosaic representing race, religions and regions. Peace is not a common practise. The struggle for freedom and dignity is a human trait, but modern history suggests that it has been deficient. One organization, with all its satellite sub-organizations, is too little to cope with policing the daily grind of life, its natural disasters, death, hunger and conflicts.
It is difficult to see how relevant the United Nations is in today’s world, and one must not fool himself or expect much.Mohamed Chebarro
The United Nations at 70 is the single diplomatic umbrella that keeps many discussions going. Those discussions could be about saving the planet in the face of global warming created by mankind, as we are often told. Or they could be about abolishing poverty and meeting millennium targets to close the wealth gap, specially that we are told the world is rich and can still feed its people.
In recent years, U.N. work has dwindled to expressions of concern, condemnation, and calls on nations to abide by its charter, refrain from violence and uphold human rightsMohamed Chebarro
It stood witness to genocides in Rwanda and Burundi, failed to stop ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo, and failed to unite Afghanistan or carve it up - the same might be true for Iraq, and tomorrow Syria and Libya.
The United Nations also failed to curb the atomic arms race, and members of the nuclear club are growing in number, with Iran’s latest agreement to freeze at best its knowledge and activities, not cancel its ambition to be a nuclear player.