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United Nations Long Overdue for Reform

United Nations Long Overdue for Reform

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 68th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2013, in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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On Friday, December 23, the United Nations adopted resolution 2334, calling for an end to Israeli settlements. The Obama administration did not veto the U.N. resolution, departing from a long-standing policy of vetoing resolutions targeting Israel over the issues of settlements.

The action of the Obama administration is aimed at upholding existing international treaties, such as the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Agreement, and to prevent that the upcoming Trump administration supersedes them and negotiates new ones.

The United Nations resolution came just after UNESCO, a U.N. Agency, adopted another resolution that ignores Jewish ties to Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The approval of these resolutions caused widespread criticism of the United Nations system.

The recent criticism of the United Nations underlines a much deeper problem: the anachronism of the international organization, which is increasingly unable to deal with global issues that are becoming more complex.

In fact, the United Nations has not been able to effectively deal with issues such as the war on international terrorism and the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The one vote-one nation voting system in the General Assembly does not reflect the political and economic balances of world nations: for instance, the United States, which contributes 25 percent of the U.N. budget, has the same voting power of Nauru, a country in the Pacific Ocean, that contributes 0.001 percent. U.S. influence is only limited to the veto power in the Security Council.

Since the late sixties, several lobbies of nations, such as the G77 and the Non-Aligned Movement, have dictated the agenda of the United Nations and imposed rogue regimes such as Gaddafi’s Libya as the chair of the U.N Human Rights Commission in 2003.

Without a mechanism of control of the funds allocated to U.N. programs, it is very possible that U.S. contributions, paid by the American taxpayer, may end up in the hands of terrorist groups that are targeting American citizens and interests abroad.

Making the United Nations accountable for the use of American funds and increasing U.S. control of U.N. activities, defunding the programs that could undermine U.S. security, shall be a priority of the upcoming Trump administration.

However, the United Nations needs a structural reform to be able to deal with the global challenges of the new Millennium.

Any amendment to the U.N. Charter requires a super majority of the General Assembly, and no veto from each of the five permanent members of the Security Council (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, and China).

To be successful, a reform shall be initiated by the five countries with veto power. In recent years, the escalation of tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine and Syria has obliterated the perspective of starting negotiations for a structural reform of the U.N. system.

The upcoming Trump administration might change the international climate, developing more constructive relations with Russia, and therefore creating the conditions to redesign the United Nations system and make it less bureaucratic, better coordinated, and more transparent.

Francesco Stipo is the President of the Houston Energy Club, a member of the National Press Club in Washington D.C., a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, and recently joined the Bretton Woods Committee. Born in Italy in 1973, Dr. Stipo is a naturalized United States citizen. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law and a Master Degree in Comparative Law from the University of Miami. To read more of his reports, Click Here Now.

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