Chapter

We the Peoples: The Promise of the United Nations

Jussi M. Hanhimäki

in The United Nations

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195304374
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365524 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780195304374.003.0008

Series: Very Short Introductions

We the Peoples: The Promise of the United Nations

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What was the purpose of the United Nations? First, it was to safeguard peace and security. Second it was to restore faith in human rights. Third, to uphold respect for international law. Finally, the UN wanted to promote social progress and better standards of living. The Introductions asks: has the UN been able to achieve all, some, or any of these goals? The UN might not have quite lived up to the hopes of its founders but it is the only truly global organization in history. The UN might be deeply flawed and in need of reform but it is still needed.

Keywords: Dag Hammarskjöld; human rights; international law; security; Security Council; Soviet Union; United Nations; World Bank; World War II

Chapter.  2081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Institutions

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