Nations Myth #5:
The world community
hasn't changed significantly enough since the U.N. founding to
warrant a comprehensive new vision for the world body.
Sixty years of
effort since the time of Yalta, — and the subsequent agreement among
51 nations who lent their signatures to the United Nations charter —
have certainly brought victories and accomplishments. At the same
time, there is much work that remains to be done. Peace remains as
evasive as ever, as terrorism, international crime, intra-state
conflict and violence, as well as inter-state conflicts have
Our world today has
changed dramatically from the world of 1945. The United Nations
emerged in its own unique context. Although renewal and reform have
been encouraged and attempted, global shifts and changes in
alliances, economies, military blocs and technologies are more rapid
than the UN's ability to respond.
Nations is a club made up of member states. Religions, NGOs, private
sector and civil society actors are subordinate and external to the
logic of national sovereignty, and the linear hierarchy that leads
upward from individual citizen, to government, to government
representative, to the United Nations system.
nation-state itself is in decline as the central organizational unit
for human loyalty, identity and action. Nation-states in the era of
globalization, are not the power-players they once were. We now live
in an age where non-state actors, from terrorists, to international
organized crime, to transnational corporations, to religions and
NGOs — act beyond allegiance to any national center of power.
Nations alone are ill-equipped to respond to, or effectively
address, the problems we face in this global age.
has come to think of itself differently than it did in 1945 and the
world community requires a correspondingly different United Nations.
"The Universal Peace Federation" by Dr. Thomas Walsh
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