The thwarted future of the UN, powerless in the face of crises

The United Nations Security Council, meeting at its General Assembly in New York, September 22, 2022. Michael M. Santiago/AFP

ANALYZE – Drawn from a long sleep after the two years of confinement linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization finds itself entangled in the invasion of Ukraine.

The event went almost unnoticed: a week before the opening of the UN high mass in September, in New York, the General Assembly decided to postpone for a year a “Summit of the future” scheduled for 2023, supposedly to bring “multilateral solutions for a better tomorrow”. Faced with the current ills of the planet, the future could wait until 2024.

And yet urgency has gripped the venerable United Nations organization, created in 1945 in San Francisco by the victors of World War II to preserve international peace and security. And now assailed from all sides for its impotence in the face of the war in Ukraine, after Syria, Ethiopia, Burma or Yemen, for the impotence and the blunders of its Blue Helmets in Mali and the DRC.

Emerging from a long sleep, after two years of confinement linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization has found itself entangled in the invasion of Ukraine since February 24: chance of the calendar, Russia…

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