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The Purposes of the United Nations

 
 
au1929
 
Reply Sat 25 Apr, 2009 09:42 am
The Purposes of the United Nations are:
To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
[Excerpt from UN charter]

On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate the UN's performance success or failure in meeting the stated goals of it's charter.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 25 Apr, 2009 11:10 am
@au1929,
I was just wondering about you yesterday, nice to see you.

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On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate the UN's performance success or failure in meeting the stated goals of it's charter.


I'd give it an 8. For all its failings I don't think its critics consider the world before the UN and the context of what it aimed to prevent.

The UN is a big reason we've had a big breather since the last World War. The UN represents a new world order that while not perfect is a lot more stable than the previous web of treacherous treaties.
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