It is the dream of every country to exist peacefully with the rest of the world. If every country would have its way, it would tend to promote its own agenda based on its unique set of customs, beliefs, traditions, government, and laws. What may be acceptable or the norm for any given country may not be acceptable or not normal to other countries. Thus, a very delicate balance has to be maintained among nations based on mutual respect and cooperation. For this very sublime purpose, the United Nations was established.
After horrific and nearly apocalyptic experiences with two World Wars, the major superpower nations had enough. Likeminded countries met and established an intergovernmental organization called the United Nations (UN) in October 24, 1945. The mission of the United Nations is fairly simple: To promote international cooperation and consequently to prevent another terrible conflict such as the World War II.
At its inception, the United Nations originally had 51 member states. Now there are at least 193 member countries from all around the world. With its headquarters situated in Manhattan, New York City, USA and other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna, the United Nations is preoccupied with many activities relating to maintaining international peace and security, promoting the upholding of human rights, fostering local social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid to countries in dire need of help especially in times of natural calamities and armed conflicts.
The United Nations is a highly structured organization with funding mainly sourced from voluntary contributions of member states. The United Nations is headed by a Secretary-General and supported by the Deputy Secretary-General, General Assembly President, Economic and Social Council President, and the Security Council President. The current Secretary General is Ban Ki-moon from South Korea. The United Nations has five principal organs: The General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Secretariat, and the International Court of Justice.
The United Nations acts like a principal of a school and the member countries are similar to the students. Whenever a student tries to bully another student, the bullied student can always report to the teacher and to the principal and complain of an injustice being done. The principal then observes due process and hears out both sides – the bully and the bullied. Based upon the gathered evidence and facts, the principal then makes a fair judgment and does the corresponding actions. The bully may be suspended or punished if found guilty. In a similar way, bullied nations may raise their complaints to the United Nations to ask for help in reprimanding any bully nation to stop any further injustice.
Being a member of the United Nations has clear advantages. A disadvantaged member country (be it economically or politically) may ask for help and support from the United Nations. Although it’s not as easy like when you real instagram followers, but at least countries can have somebody to lean on during times of crisis.