Annan defends United Nations as 'vital to humanity'




 
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Boots
 
February 23rd, 2005  
chewie_nz
 

Topic: Annan defends United Nations as 'vital to humanity'


Annan defends United Nations as 'vital to humanity'
23 February 2005

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan defended the United Nations, which is beset by scandals from the Iraqi oil programme to sexual abuse by peacekeepers, as "vital to humanity" in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.


"I have served the UN all my life. I have done, and am still doing, everything I can to correct its imperfections, and to improve and strengthen it," he wrote in an opinion piece. "And I believe profoundly in the importance of that task, because a strong UN is of vital importance to humanity."

Annan addressed charges of mismanagement and corruption in the UN's now-defunct Iraqi oil-for-food programme, admitting there were failings while accusing some critics of hyperbole.

US lawmakers and an independent inquiry by former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker have uncovered lax management, a shortage of auditors and procurement irregularities but no crimes.

"The interim report of Paul Volcker's independent inquiry has helped put the Oil For Food programme in perspective. Some of the more hyperbolic assertions about it have been proven untrue," Annan wrote in the Journal.

"Yet I am the first to admit that real and troubling failures - ethical lapses and lax management - have been brought to light. I am determined, with the help of member states, to carry through the management reforms which are clearly called for by Mr Volcker's findings," he said.

Annan also addressed the UN probes of allegations against peacekeeping soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo of sexual exploitation of women and girls.

"Both the UN Secretariat and the member states have been too slow to realize the extent of this problem, take effective measures to end it, and punish the culprits. But we are now doing so, and I am determined to see it through."

Annan said the UN had demonstrated its importance both in helping with the Asian tsunami disaster relief effort and the war in Iraq.

"The war in Iraq two years ago caused many people on all sides to lose faith in the UN," he wrote.

But he added: "Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, yesterday it has much needed credibility with, and access to, Iraqi groups who must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail.

"The UN can be useful because it is seen as independent and impartial. If it ever came to be seen as a mere instrument or prolongation of US foreign policy, it would be worthless to everyone."
February 23rd, 2005  
Darcia
 
...This is actualy going to be realy good for the debate topic this year...Thanks for posting it.


Also I wouldn't say it is Vital, we survived without much longer than we have survived with it, however it does do some good things.
February 24th, 2005  
mrcool011
 
the UN is corrupt and has become useless. they put like libya in charge of human rights, for crying out loud!
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February 24th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
I still can't believe the US is footing like 25% of the bill for the UN after all this Oil-for-Food and anti-Iraq crap. I don't like that my tax dollars that could be going to MY millitary are using to pay the smurfs to sit around and watch genocides happen around them.
February 24th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
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Originally Posted by Whispering Death
I still can't believe the US is footing like 25% of the bill for the UN after all this Oil-for-Food and anti-Iraq crap. I don't like that my tax dollars that could be going to MY millitary are using to pay the smurfs to sit around and watch genocides happen around them.
i have posted this a few times...but the US has not paid it's dues for quite a few years. and remember that the US was quite happy with the UN when it was a forum to discuss issues with the soviet bloc.
February 24th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Maybe like NATO, the UN is going to have to re-define its mission and organization.
February 24th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
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Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Maybe like NATO, the UN is going to have to re-define its mission and organization.
they UN needs a massive re-orginisation. Annan needs to go, and it needs to have more teeth.

we need the UN. it does good work, not everything is perfect but also remember it's representative of all nations, maybe this is the reason for anti US feeling?
February 24th, 2005  
Bory
 
 
The UN is an extermely good Aid organisation and are masters of Beurecratic Disasters. I keep bringing up my Uncle who served in Rwanda, but he was working under the dursitiction of the UN. As a result of UN incompetentcy, 800,000 Rwandan's are dead. This is a fact. The soldiers on the ground were ordered not intervene. Why has got me completely stuffed. Probably the workload would force them to stay back at work after 5PM and cancel their holidays.
Re-structure the UN for Aid work, Disaster releif, etc...
But don't let them run Military Operations
February 24th, 2005  
SwordFish_13
 
 
Hi,

And on that Curruption Issue maybe ............. It's because some People form the member Countryes are currupt ........... and those currupt People can be form any country like America or France or India or Any Other .

And it Gives Smaller Countries a Platform to speak out .

Peace
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February 25th, 2005  
Darcia
 
Well if you actualy want to do the math...
27% UN General Fund, 26.69 For Peacekeeping, and around 24% for a court system.

Along with the so called 'billions' clinton sent to the UN, the back-due payments which do not actualy exist.




The Debate topic this year is about the UN so I have had to do a ton of research on it