Why are there so many wars in the world if there is one United Nations?
There are many examples of the UN playing a central role in resolving disputes within and between countries. In relation to Namibia and South Africa, the UN's role was vital. In Cambodia, Angola, Mozambique and many other places it has provided the main setting in which peace could be sought. But much of what the UN does is designed to prevent conflicts, rather than just to resolve them. Thus its work for economic and social development, to protect human rights, to promote democracy and to monitor elections, and so on, is designed to avoid future conflicts. But the UN's resources are small and governments often put self-interest ahead ...more