United Nations Pros and Cons to Helping People Live Better Lives

853 WordsJul 12, 20184 Pages
The United Nations is one institute of global governance which was established on the 24th of October 1951 with the aim of keeping peace throughout the world, developing friendly relations between nations and working with member states to help people "live better lives" by eliminating poverty, disease and illiteracy in the world and encouraging respect for each other's rights and freedoms. The UN was set up to reflect the power structures that emerged out of the second world war, hence the permanent members of the security council are the USA, UK, Russia, France and China. Each of these nations has power of veto over the decisions of the Security Council and in recent years this has greatly reduced the power of the UN to fulfill its own…show more content…
As Russia is a member of the big 5 the UN remains powerless to do anything about the Russian occupation of Crimea as any proposed action is vetoed by the Russian government. However when the UN has been able to get the big five to agree upon action it has often seen many positive results such as the implementation of no fly zones in Syria which went along way to helping overthrow the corrupt Gaddafi regime. Another of the UN's main aims is to help people "live better lives". The UN has had a lot more success achieving this goal although it generally goes unnoticed by the international community. One of the UN's greatest successes was their eradication of polio in Africa. This went along way to bettering the health and living conditions of many of the worlds poorest people. The UN has also helped lower the percentage of people living on less than $2 a day to drop by 8% and there establishment of the World Food Program aimed to bring assistance to more than 90 million people in 75 countries, primarily in those emergency situations, such as to the victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters, to give them food and monitor it's use to ensure all victimized receive fair amounts of aid. However the UN has had difficulty intervening in countries where these incidents occur, as member states may disagree with the UN on how to distribute aid, such as occurred with the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami when nations such as India and Thailand
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