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Has the United Nations Lived Up to Its Expectations?

The United Nations Day was celebrated yesterday by member states on the theme of the Frontlines of Climate Action.


The theme reinforces Secretary-General (SG) António Guterres’ call for “faster, bolder climate action”, and intends to galvanize world leaders ahead of the COP28 climate conference in Dubai later in the year.

In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization to draw up the United Nations Charter. After the second World War, the United Nations officially came into existence on Wednesday, October 24, 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by a majority of signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council.

There is no other global organization with the legitimacy, convening power, and normative impact of the United Nations. No other global organization gives hope to so many people for a better world and can deliver the future we want.

Yet, as things stand, a majority of people around the globe feel the world is heading into a dangerous precedent.

From Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine to the Israel-Hamas War, peace and harmony seem to be deteriorating day by day. Something the world saw during the first and second world wars.

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A view of the surroundings of Al Ahli Hospital after it was hit in Gaza City, on October 18. |Getty Images

And now, one of the most powerful countries in the world which sits at the United Nations Security Council is taking sides in the ongoing conflicts around the globe.

The United States often nicknamed the ‘Global Policeman’ is busy creating a new world order which Russian President Vladimir Putin describes as neo-colonialism.

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They are arming Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia and supporting Israel in the ongoing conflict with Palestine in full knowledge of the fact that Israeli Soldiers are killing innocent civilians including women and children. Not to mention the endless bombardment of Gaza including a hospital which was a refuge to thousands of Palestinians.

As the head of an organization that claims to serve as the last hope of unity in the world, I pose a question to SG António Guterres. Can the United Nations really condemn and put and end to actions that threaten the stability of the world at large?

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