por José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
What is the purpose of the United Nations (UN)?
Article 1 of the UN Charter states the following purposes:
- To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
- To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
- To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
- To be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
The UN’s headquarters is in New York City in the United States of America (USA). Is it where it ought to be?
Are you aware of a survey done in 2013 where it asked, who is the biggest threat to world peace? Do you know that the world said that it is the United States? It wasn’t even close! Click on the following link to read about it: https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/08/07/polls-us-greatest-threat-to-peace-world-today.html
There are almost 200 nations that compose the UN. You would think that at least one of those nations would make the proposal to move the UN to a nation that the international community considers to be the one that poses the least threat to world peace. Why hasn’t that happened?
Is the UN democratic? Are the UN member states afraid of the USA? Does the UN really exist for the reasons stated in its Charter?
It makes no sense to have the UN in the USA if its purpose is what the UN’s Charter says. Therefore, it is time to have a public debate about finding a better venue for the UN. The international community should not be rewarding any bully member state by permitting it to enjoy the great economic activity generated by having the UN headquarters in its home state. I personally favor putting the UN in Haiti. What do you say?
If you believe in democracy, let’s begin by making the UN democratic. If we don’t, it would be impossible to work towards the UN goals, because bullies don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697349163904877/
Contradiction between UN’s purpose and venue.