Intellectual confusion concerning the role of the United Nations

A considerable degree of uncertainty and confusion prevails as to the nature and role of the UN. This is aggravated by the tendency of the UN system: to define its mandate in an unreal fashion; to try to give the impression that the outputs from its activities have a direct effect on the internal realities of States; to maintain a permanent state of confusion between the functions of negotiating or seeking greater consensus on the one hand, and the functions of management on the other.
A perusal of the texts, resolutions or documents of the UN tell very little about the real nature of the system. The basic instruments indicate a real hiatus between hard facts and mere talk, inasmuch as they tend to present as normal functions terms of reference which are totally unrealistic. The thousand of resolutions adopted every year, the planning and programming documents describing theoretically the objectives and strategies of organizations, do not supply an appreciably greater amount of information. Nor is it possible to refer to documents evaluating the results obtained, since there are virtually none and that those who claim to be performing this task have a limited threshold of credibility because of their lack of criteria and methods.
Broader Problems:
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET