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Is the UN a force for good?
No other organisation has provided more global health benefits than the UN, through the World Health Organization (WHO) and other branches (UNICEF, WFP).
ODA set a target of 0.7% of GNI
for developed nations foreign aid spending.
World Food Programme
(WFP) provides food assistance to
80 million people in 80 countries
The UN is the only organisation to get 128 countries legally bound to take a range of measures to protect human health and the environment by addressing mercury throughout its lifecycle. All mercury mining has stopped and mercury recycling is being implemented globally.
The WHO is the
predominant agency associated with global health (and international health)
UNICEF manages over
of aid for humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) is appealing for and coordinates
$25.3 billion of humanitarian aid for 95.3 million people
of all children in the world are vaccinated by the UN, saving 3 million lives a year.
The Oil-for-Food Programme suffered from widespread corruption and abuse, including
$1.5 billion from kickbacks
Although some branches of the UN may be good and effective, this does not mean that overall the UN is fit for purpose. If the UN was to be radically overhauled, parts that work relatively well like the WHO could be maintained.