The UN should not be written off. It continues to serve a vital purpose, and its history suggests that it can be revitalized to meet the needs of the twenty-first century.
Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate, Sept. 18, 2015

 s leaders from all corners of the globe convene in NYC to chew over the issues plaguing the world, discuss the post-2015 development agenda, and of course, commemorate the 70th birthday of the United Nations, the question of if and how the UN will continue to play a role in international affairs is on everyone’s mind. Despite several conflicts that continue to rage around the world, and some aggressors going largely unpunished, pessimism about the UN’s ability to deliver should be tempered. Certainly the international institution is in need of reform, however, “not because it has failed, but because it has succeeded enough to be worth investing in.” The body is still an unprecedentedly powerful tool for international coordination. It just needs a face-lift of sorts to keep pace with the twenty-first century. Since its creation in 1945, and the signing of the UN Charter, the United Nations has become the place that all the world looks to when dealing with any sort of issue that supersedes borders. As more and more countries have gotten on board, the UN enjoys a legitimacy that enables it to have a clear and weighty voice on the international problems at hand. Unfortunately, the institution hasbeen rightly criticized for its lack of teeth when and where it really matters. As we move forward, it is important that the UN receives the necessary buttressing in order to keep the founding principles alive and well. The United Nations is vitally important to international order, if for no other reason than this: “At its best and its worst, the UN is a mirror of the world.”

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