The United Nations(UN) is only as good as its member nations are. It was created by the victors of World War 2 with the aim of averting World War 3 and propagating peace and prosperity around the world. However, it is criticized time and again for not doing enough to prevent wars and unrest in the world. Critics propose structural changes in the organization. Some even are of the view that the UN should be dissolved altogether. The rationale behind this view is that it is a weak organization and cannot establish peace and prosperity. Therefore, a new powerful, and strong organization, which is capable of enforcing peace and stability, should be established in its place. But critics and detractors of the UN ignore one basic fact about it. They see it as something separate or distinct from its memebers_states. What the UN is the collection of various states of the world. So if it works properly, it means its members are putting effort for its proper functioning, and vice versa. If member countries had wanted a peaceful world, the UN would have built it. Nevertheless, sadly, states try to fulfill their interests even at the cost of others. The statesmen take decisions for the prosperity and betterment of their own countries, not of the world. The major powerful members of the organization do not invest heavily in the United Nations’ programs aimed at supporting the cause of peace and development in war-hit less-developed regions. Rather, they are selling weapons to warring parties in divided states to fill their coffers with wealth. Instead of reconciling between the opposing factions in the Yemen war, the United States, a founding member of The United Nations, sold arms to its allies in the war. What kind of organization can work properly in such a situation? The imperfections in The United Nations are not because of its faulty structure or its incompetent administrative organization. The problem lies in the members of the United Nations. It is what its members are. To cut it short, good or bad, weak or powerful and efficient or inefficient, the United Nations embodies its members. Therefore, the critics should blame its members, instead of regularly castigating it.
Author: Rana Amir Iqbal
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