During the height of the Cold War the United Nations lacked formal power to mediate disputes. And that led to its weakness and inability to resolve stsndoffs between world powers. Today, global challenges have changed.
Charges of bureaucracy and inefficiency are not new. But attempts to decrease overlapping responsibilities are difficult with 197 member states sharing institutional ownership. Anthony Banbury, United Nations assistant secretary general for field support until March 2016, explains why today’s UN falls short:
In the run-up to the election of a new secretary general this year, it is essential that governments, and especially the permanent members of the Security Council, think carefully about what they want out of the United Nations. The organization is a Remington typewriter in a smartphone world. If it is going to advance the causes of peace, human rights, development and the climate, it needs a leader genuinely committed to reform.
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