United Nations Day in 2018: Will the UN wither or reform?
SAN JOSE: As the world recognizes October 24th as United Nations Day, many in the world wonder whether the U.N. will continue to exist. From reformation of the Security Council to the reformation of the entire body of the U.N. deliberation and debate has continued. However, one thing is certain: the U.N. as the world knows it will need to reform if it is to continue to exist as a global organization.
The United Nations and America today
President Donald Trump has spoken twice at the U.N. and has mentioned reform both times. Particularly, he has questioned the 22% to 28% of the U.N. budget being funded by the United States. The next greatest contributor is Japan, which funds approximately 10% of the U.N. budget. This is significant since neither the United States nor Japan had been members to the League of Nations, which is the earlier forerunner of the U.N.
Ambassador Nikki Haley has recently announced her retirement from that position effective at the end of this year. However in January of 2017, at her Senate confirmation hearing, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio expressed concerns over the substantial role the United States plays in funding the U.N.
When all of our taxpayers are paying roughly 22 percent of the budget, I think they do expect to see a more efficient and an organization that’s more objective and more in keeping with our values…How do you intend to support U.S. national security interests, but also ensure that the U.N. is a more effective body toward promoting a more peaceful and less volatile world? – Ambassador Nikki Haley
These concerns are similar to concerns of a great many American taxpayers. Obviously, those not paying taxes have little concern over such matters. However, such concerns do resonate with President Trump. When he spoke at the U.N. for the first time as U.S. President, Trump criticized the organization:
In recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement, while the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 % and its staff has more than doubled since 2000… I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just and greater force for peace and harmony in the world. – President Donald J. Trump
As the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has earned praise for her leadership, yet it appears there is much work to be done. Work if the U.S. is to be able to champion reforms that could bring the organization back to its original purpose.
The advent of global terrorism is threatening the lives of innocent people’s safety and well-being in several nations. Similarly, the elitist globalists are threatening world domination. Together the create a dark time in world history. It is even darker when one considers that many nations within the U.N. do not engage their representatives that express serious concern about threats to world peace.
Such a reality can cause observers to wonder whether the U.N. is relevant
in any manner of peacekeeping capability in such a chaotic world.
Since October 24, 1945, when the U.N. charter was signed, the U.N. had been looked to as the officially established organization to promote world peace. Yet today, there are many people living within, or very near, dangerous trouble spots across the planet that may be losing the hope that the U.N. or any organization, can promote and perpetuate safety, security, and peace throughout the world.
The Original Intent for the United Nations
According to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the U.N.’s purpose is to create an international organization that could promote and maintain peace, but also promote freedom for humankind throughout the world. This concept came to fruition after the most disastrous global war in history. Being this was following the second global war of the twentieth century, most of humanity welcomed the idea.
The promise of a new organization, particularly in light of the failure of the League of Nations.
The principles of the Atlantic Charter, a joint declaration released by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on August 14, 1941, declared that peace was an essential foundational goal of the U.N. The two leaders declared then:
“… they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all men in all lands may live out their lives in freedom…”
Sadly, this noble dream is not sincerely shared today by the leaders and representatives that occupy the meeting rooms of the U.N.
Yet, when President Trump spoke for the second time at the U.N. last month, he seemed to echo the original vision of Roosevelt and Churchill. Trump delivered an impassioned call to the delegates at the 73rd Session of the U.N. He affirmed:
“We believe that when nations respect the rights of their neighbors, and defend the interests of their people, they can better work together to secure the blessings of safety, prosperity, and peace.” – President Donald J. Trump
President Trump stressed each nation’s ability to defend their sovereignty. He rejected oppressive ideologies, oppressive regimes, and control from the globalists. Yet, Trump also reaffirmed America’s commitment to world peace, security, and prosperity. He was quite bold in expressing that:
“America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination…I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.” – Donald J. Trump
Ironically, the U.N. has begun to resemble more and more the impotent League of Nations in its attempts to resolve global conflicts. In the broad sweep of historical events, humanity cannot seem to extract itself from the age-old conflict and struggle for freedom from tyranny.
Within this dark time in history swirling with uncertainty in the great and deadly wars of the twentieth century, a vision emerges from two great leaders for world peace. In that time, after the dust of war machines and marching troops settled and the smoke of burning buildings dispersed, the United Nations emerged as a spark of hope for the future.
The League of Nations also represented a spark of hope, but that spark died before the organization could get truly organized.
The United Nations False Hope
Is the U.N. in its 73rd year also reflecting a false hope, or is it possible that the better days lie in the future? The world is a much different place from where humanity was in 1945, and now there is so much criticism of the U.N. for not being able to fulfill its fundamental purpose of promoting and maintaining peace in the world.
That original vision of Roosevelt and Churchill was to create an international organization to promote and maintain peace; but such a vision of hope, however, has always come from free people and not from tyrants.