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How far has the organisation of the UNO hindered its effectiveness?

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GCSE International relations 1945-1991

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How far has the Organisation of the UN hindered its effectiveness?

The United Nations is composed of a Security Council, a General Assembly, a Secretariat, a Trusteeship Council, an Economic and Social Council, an International Court of Justice and various Specialised Agenicies. All these bodies aim to make the UN a highly effective organisation. The question, however, remains to what extend can they achieve that.

The General Assembly is a place of discussion of world issues. It can make recommendations, but which are not binding on members, so it has no real power. The superpowers can no longer control the decisions passed in the General Assembly, and countries with a common ideological or geographical interest tend to make a collective decision on how to vote. Thus the Assembly passes many unrealistic resolutions which cannot be enforced.

The UN can get involved in world disputes only when the interests of the 5 permanent members coincide or when they are not greatly concerned about an issue. This prevented the UN from acting many times, like in Vietnam.

Therefore, both the membership of the General Assembly and of the Security Council determined to a

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