UN Happy Birthday

UN Happy Birthday

The United Nations is 64 years old today. Happy Birthday UN, or is it not so happy?!

The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 States, today the UN has 192 member States; yet the UN Charter remains the same, the inexplicable veto powers of the Security Council remains the same, the internal workings of the organization remains the same heavily politicized and ceremonial, and the mode of operations in many of the UN organizations remains centralized, bureaucratic and outright dictatorial in many UN organizations. Please see our posts: UN Mismanagement, UN Internal Injustice and UN Reform Initiatives.

The budget of the UN for 2008-2009 is over US$4 billion, in addition to the peacekeeping budget currently supporting 16 peacekeeping operations globally.  The UN Secretariat employs some 40,000, yes that is true, forty thousand staff members in the UN Secretariat.

The stated purpose of the UN is to bring all nations of the world together to work for peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people. That is an impressive and worthy purpose, one that begs questions about the UN sometimes lopsided notion of justice and dignity around the world and even inside the UN itself. Please see our posts UN Broken Justice and UN Abortion Policies.

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions, exhibits, posters, concerts, speeches and more speeches.

Reflecting on the UN today and its many shortcomings, some successes, its current charter, structure and more importantly its culture; it appears that the time may have come for the world community to start its debate to establish a new world body replacing the UN  with a new world organization that is truly fair, equitable, independent, free of monopoly, and based on justice internally and internationally.

M. Alaadin A. Morsy

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  1. There is an universal saying: A tree is as strong as its roots. If the roots are rotten or without substance, then the tree is unlikely to withstand the vagaries of nature.  The most important factor for the tree is the ground on which it stands: from which its roots, trunks, branches and leaves collect the food and stamina.  The UN and its systems architecture can only be as good as the set of values that support the structure.  If UN has to be really strong and valuable, then it should be able to absorb and assimilate the values in its everyday existence.
    Even if we want to plant a new tree by replacing the present battered one, the same Neeti (Law as universal code of life) and Nyaya (to make right things – justice – happening in the world of living) will apply.

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