United Na­tions and the ‘World Peace’

Palawan Daily News - - Editorial -

The United Na­tions Day cel­e­brated this Oc­to­ber 24 world­wide ex­em­pli­fies its main goal to bring last­ing peace among na­tions around the globe, but is it just merely a pro­nounce­ment with­out re­al­is­tic out­comes?

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­tónio Guter­res de­liv­ered a strong mes­sage dur­ing the United Na­tions Day Con­cert in New York not to give up in strug­gles to ful­fil the man­date of found­ing char­ter.

His re­mark­able mes­sage sig­nals the chal­lenge on the United Sta­tions in en­sur­ing its com­mit­ment for last­ing peace, re­pair­ing trust and heal­ing our planet.

In 1948, the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly de­clared Oc­to­ber 24, the an­niver­sary of the Char­ter of the United Na­tions, as which “shall be de­voted to mak­ing known to the peo­ple of the world the aims and achieve­ments of the United Na­tions and to gain­ing their sup­port for its work.”

The United Na­tions is an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion cre­ated in 1945 and cur­rently made up of 193 mem­ber states. The mis­sion and work of the United Na­tions are guided by the pur­poses and prin­ci­ples con­tained in its found­ing Char­ter.

Our coun­try is among the 51 founders of the United Na­tions.

United Na­tions’ ob­jec­tives are to pro­mote and fa­cil­i­tate co­op­er­a­tion in in­ter­na­tional law, in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, so­cial progress, hu­man rights, civil rights, civil lib­er­ties, po­lit­i­cal free­doms, democ­racy, and the achieve­ment of last­ing world peace.

Look­ing at the role of the UN, they are not only help­ing refugees, fight­ing cli­mate change, but also pro­motes sus­tain­able man­age­ment and de­vel­op­ment across the world.

How­ever, other be­lieve that United Na­tions has no real author­ity, and no means of en­forc­ing any of its rul­ings and the its mem­bers can ei­ther choose to abide or not. And it has failed to main­tain world peace espe­cially in con­flicts among Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A lot of is­sues and con­cerns have sur­rounded the United Na­tions as it seemed like they are only good at pro­nounce­ments, but lack­ing its strength to im­pose its char­ter among its mem­bers around the world.

The United Na­tions should serve as the main peace­keeper that en­sures con­flicts are ad­dressed and peace and good re­la­tions among na­tions are up­held with­out bi­ases and par­tial­ity.

There is still hope for the United Na­tions to achieve the last­ing world peace. It’s only then when it to­tally cleanse its mem­ber ranks with up­right­ness with­out vested and per­sonal in­ter­ests, avoid­ing wars and con­flicts.

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