Voltaire Network

“Reforming the UN”


Four years after the attack against Pearl Harbour, the world leaders met in San Francisco and founded the UN to prevent war, defend human rights and assist the nations of the world. But there is an unacceptable gap between the ideals of the UN Charter and today’s institutions today. Four years after September 11, the world leaders think of actions that have the UN return to itss founding ideals.
Today, the civilized world is immersed in a long-lasting war against a wing of Islam. Thousands of innocents have died in the attacks launched by Al Qaeda, an organization which has asserted that it is planning to kill millions. The anniversary of September 11 reminded us of what perspectives should be defended during these discussions about UN reforms: strengthening U.S. security and promoting freedom in the world, an objective set by George W. Bush for his second term.
I recently co-chaired a team of experts who were working on proposals for the UN. In our works, it became evident that the United States is interested in the UN to have a limited action, that is, to be honest and effective. The UN does not have a democratic control system and it is not only made up of democracies; however it tries to impose rules upon the United States. The scandal related to the program “oil for food” perfectly shows what such a lack of control might cause. We have also observed that the UN Human Rights Commission has had Sudan as a member and has been chaired by Libya.
In the same direction, t is necessary that the UN should be honest, and require transparency. Fortunately, the United States found in John Bolton the man who is able to explain the problems in clear way. Is it also necessary a more effective organization? Today, the UN not always defines terrorism and spends rashly huge amounts of money of U.S. tax payers.
Without a profound reform, the UN will not be able to achieve anything in this long-lasting war for civilization.

International Herald Tribune (France)
The International Herald Tribune is a version of the New York Times adapted for the European public. It works in direct association with Haaretz (Israel), Kathimerini (Greece), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), JoongAng Daily (South Korea), Asahi Shimbun (Japan), The Daily Star (Lebanon) and El País (Spain). It also works, through its head office, in indirect association with Le Monde (France).
The Boston Globe (United States)

Reforming the UN”, by Newt Gingrich, Boston Globe, September 11, 2005.
A limited UN is best for America”, International Herald Tribune, September 13, 2005.

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich holds sessions in the Advisory Board for Defense Policy. He is member of the American Enterprise Institute and Hoover Institution, administrator of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and founder of the Center for Health Transformation. He is co-chairman of the Task Force on the United Nations created by the U.S. Congress.

Voltaire Network

Voltaire, international edition

Article licensed under Creative Commons

The articles on Voltaire Network may be freely reproduced provided the source is cited, their integrity is respected and they are not used for commercial purposes (license CC BY-NC-ND).

Support Voltaire Network

You visit this website to seek quality analysis that enables you to forge your own understanding of today’s world. In order to continue our work, we need you to support our efforts.
Help us by making a contribution.

How to participate in Voltaire Network?

The members of our team are all volunteers.
- Professional-level mother-tongue translators: you can help us by translating our articles.