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Is the UN a force for good?
The UN has an inability to prevent conflicts.
There are no legal consequences for violating a Security Council resolution.
The UN is failing regarding the Israel/Palestinian conflict.
The UN failed it's intervention with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), previously the Republic of the Congo.
The UN did not prevent the Rwandan Genocide.
The UN fails the Rohinga people in Myanmar.
During the 1971 Bangladesh genocide committed by the Pakistan Army on Bangladeshis, the
UN was completely ineffective
in preventing the genocide.
In the Syria Conflict, Russian Veto
successfully paralysed the Security Council
. Without passing all 5 security council vetos, the UN can do nothing to help a conflict.
When Cuban Ambassador Che Guevara
Cuba executed population because of ideological disagreement in an UN Assembly, no one there took any action against it.
Srebrenica had been declared a UN "safe area" and was even protected by 400 armed Dutch peace keepers, but the UN forces
did nothing to prevent the largest case of mass murder
on the European continent since WWII.
The UN has more
recorded than successes.
the UN's mission to Somalia ended in failure, after thousands of Somali and US casualties. Somalia remains a severely impoverished and troubled country.
The UN has little power in changing the international governmental systems which result in power struggles between states, and it therefore has limited influence.
World Bank study (p19)
finds that UN intervention reduces the risk of peace failure by about 50%.
UN peacekeeping forces have
in the last 1-2 decades, and are currently around 10 times higher than pre 1995 levels. Previous inabilities to prevent conflict may have been derived from this smaller peacekeeping force, and not a useful comparison to the UN's current ability.
Since the UN exists there has been no war between major powers.
The UN creates a forum — and an expectation for — dialogue between nations, furthering cooperation between independent nations.