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  1. Introduction
  2. Another way of looking at the effectiveness of the United Nations
  3. The formation of the Security Council
  4. Reasons why the United Nations seems to be losing legitimacy
    1. United States apparent manipulation of the United Nations
    2. Its failure to do anything
    3. The United Nations' claim to be fair
  5. Conclusion

The United Nations is not the first international organisation to be established to help settle conflict peacefully and to prevent future conflicts from arising. In 1899, the Hague Convention for the Settlement of International Disputes was established. ?The conference was convened at the initiative of Czar Nicolas II of Russia "with the object of seeking the most objective means of ensuring to all peoples the benefits of a real and lasting peace, and above all, of limiting the progressive development of existing armaments."?1. ?The Hague Convention set up the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which was the first global mechanism for the settlement of inter-state disputes?1. There was also the League of Nations established in 1919 by Woodrow Wilson. However, these organisations proved to be ineffective due to a lack of credibility and legitimacy. Therefore, I shall look at the United Nations' effectiveness as a system by looking at what is has done so far, and by examining just how legitimate and credible it really is.

[...] Out of 54 African states, not one has a permanent seat, which does not help in trying to make the United Nations appear to be a just organisation as there is clear misrepresentation of regions. In addition, Japan, who contributes substantially to the United Nations' funding does not have a permanent seat on the Security Council either. Due to the veto vote that China has, it is probable that Japan in this case will be waiting a very long time indeed before it is given a permanent seat. [...]


[...] Another way of looking at the effectiveness of the United Nations is by observing the sheer amount of nations it now has as member states compared to when it first started. This must be symbolic of something, why would nations of the world want to join an ineffective organisation? There is something about the United Nations that is attractive to sovereign states which is why they are so keen to become part of this international organisation, it is more than likely the way in which the United Nations deals with global issues. [...]

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