The UN is divided into many branches such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and UNESCO, for instance, which look over the issues that prevail and which often disrupt humankind’s prosperity. It is deemed fit then to try and make efforts to educate ourselves about the working of as many as possible, at the very least to have a basic concept of what the UN and its departments are aiming at. They provide for us and we should return the favour.
This Noble Peace Prize winner has 193 nation states as members, and two observer states. The headquarters are based in New York. There is a General Assembly, Security Council, Secretariat, International Court of Justice, Economic and Social Council, and Specialized financial agencies (the World Bank and International Monetary Fund), all of whom work according to their mandates, and do everything for the betterment of society, populations, and the world as a whole.
Globally, many nations have accepted the importance of the UN as a unifying organisation and do their best to uphold the basic tenets of its raison d’etre, despite local failures and politics. 22% of the budget is provided by United States which is followed by 9.6% and 7.9% from Japan and China respectively.
Peacekeeping is one of the major goals of the UN. According to statistics of 2015-2016, the budget for peacekeeping forces was around $8.27 billion, and more than 80,000 troops were deployed on fifteen missions around the world. Neither value is insignificant.
However, despite the great intentions of the UN, there are many who tag the blame of bureaucratic inefficiency, corruption and even waste of resources on corruption. As a response to that, the UN did their best by establishing the Joint Inspection Unit to try and fix these inadequacies. Another was the establishment of the “Office of Internal Oversight Services” (OIOS) which acted as the watchdog for efficiency. Despite setbacks, the UN always tries to follow some plan to fight global problems, and over the past 60 years, as stated by Jacques Fomerand, the accomplishments made by the organization are impressive. Millions have benefited from its services and have a more habitable place to be in.
The United Nations Development Sustainable Development Goals Agenda of 2030 is one of the most hopeful works being carried out at the moment. This covers all the basic services that will improve crises ranging from issues of poverty and sanitation, to discrimination, and so on. The many members who are united towards this agenda wish to cooperate and work together. If the resources are shared and judiciously used by all, the statistics of life expectancy will shoot up.
Somalia, Libya, Namibia and many more countries have found a new way of living due to the external aid provided by the UN. Elections are required to make any governance democratic, and the UN has aided as much as possible in those countries to provide justice to the people to have the liberty to choose freely their political leaders, and to also have the right to speak up against injustice. If human rights are abused, it is important to know what to do, ideally so that the situation is prevented from getting worse. If one is encouraged, many will follow.
So, if you are someone who has suffered from some sort of human rights violation, or a UN enthusiast, or just want to know how you can make a difference in this fast-paced, corporate world, then start working on getting information and volunteering for this organization.A simple share on Facebook that talks about, say, the current situation of Iraqis, or refugees, or about terrorism in Europe with the discrimination of Muslim youth increasing, can make more people aware about these issues than before.