Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the former President of Nigeria has divulged, that the United Nations is notwithstanding in its task to safeguard global peace.
He made mention of this at a panel, on the discourse of civilizations at Rhodes Forum’s 15th-anniversary summit in Greece.
Emphasizing on the theme, ‘Multipolarity and Dialogue in Regional and Global Developments: Imagining Possible Futures’, Jonathan said dialogue remains imperative to the actualization of a peaceful world.
According to Jonathan, the UN security council charged with the responsibility of maintaining international peace has been more effective in opening new frontiers for conflicts, rather than providing answers to the ones it sought to resolve.
He also said the UN may have succeeded in preventing third world war, but cannot boast of ensuring global peace.
That the world needs peace is a declaration no one ever contests, given what the absence of peace portends, Jonathan mentioned.
The ongoing wars in Syria, Iraq, distressing Rohingya dilemma in Myanmar, as well as a threat of conflicts and wars in other parts of the world, are all signs that the UN is failing the world.
In each case, the UN was helpless in resolving the conflicts. That the only road to a peaceful world is through dialogue is also incontrovertible.
What then raises a valid contention is the argument over the steps taken by leaders towards realizing peace. Are they the right or wrong steps?
At the end of World War II, 51 nations came together to form the United Nations on 24 October 1945. The UN security council was also formed the same day.
The UN was set up principally as a replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, in order to prevent another world war and guarantee world peace.
In terms of carrying out the mandate of preventing a Third World War, we could say the UN has done exceptionally well up to this moment.
However, we cannot say the same thing over its mandate of ensuring world Peace as it is obvious that the UN has not achieved much in this regard.
From 1945, when 51 nations came together and now that the UN has 193 member states, the world has not known real peace.
He said Nigeria and some other African countries by employing intense and purposeful dialogue have resolved, as well as prevented, many conflicts and stabilized and strengthened democracy in many countries in the sub-region.
He, therefore, called for a review of the UN’s approach to dialogue.
Late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, a Nigerian philosopher and musician of international repute tried to rebrand the UN in his own way, by calling it ‘Disunited Nations.’ He might have exaggerated. Nonetheless, his grouse was that nations, going through bitter conflicts were all members of the UN, he said.
Yet, the global body, primarily set up to guarantee world peace, appears not to have been able to muster the required willpower, to resolve those issues that cause conflicts, for decades.
The security council which is the most powerful UN organ, with primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, cannot inspire that confidence, because of the way it is presently configured.
If anything, the system, which has remained unreviewed in over half a century, has been more effective in opening new frontiers for conflicts, rather than providing answers to the ones it sought to resolve.
It is important that all member nations of the UN must have faith in the organization, and believe that it is fair and representative enough to protect them.
The United Nation is an efficacious global body that should lead the pursuit for the peace we wish, he believed.
The United Nations conference system must, therefore, improve.
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