The recent United Nations decision to condemn the United States’ embassy actions in Israel illustrates the widespread issues of the worldwide organization as a whole. The past few decades have shown the United Nations to be both corrupt, disorganized, and hypocritical regarding human rights. The organization also constantly acts against U.S. interests and values. Even with attempts to reform, problems both have and continue to happen.
The widespread corruption involving the United Nations is illustrated from its many scandals and issues in the past. One such issue, the “Oil-for-Food Program”, in which the United Nations allowed Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for civilian supplies, used billions of dollars and ultimately only used around 65% of its funds for aid. Not only that, billions of dollars are unaccounted for, showing a clear issue with the UN’s management and overall organizational control of their funds.
The United Nations has caused human rights abuses even while “striving” to stop other abuses. According to an investigation by Associated Press, the organization received over 2,000 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of power against its peacekeepers between 2004 and 2016. The U.N. peacekeepers have also been accused of encouraging prostitution in many of the countries they were in, which was verified by later studies, including one by the United Nations itself.
The United Nations is also a hypocrite on human rights. Its Human Rights Council’s member nations are far from strong human rights protectors. They often oppress their people, the poverty line is often high, and are sources of violence; they include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Congo,and other unsafe nations. Not only that, but the Human Rights Council unfairly targets Israel while ignoring the many other nations with human rights problems. This clearly shows that the Human Rights Council is both anti-semitic and and anti-Israel.
The United Nations constantly works against U.S. interests and values, even though the U.S. funds a full 25% of the organization’s budget. For instance, the United Nations has given both North Korea and Iraq dual-use technology, and also gave North Korea hundreds of millions of dollars with little accountability or oversight. The organization has also consistently been anti-free speech, such as recently urging the U.S. to give up the First Amendment and free speech to combat “racism” and planning a global framework for censoring the internet from “extremism.”
With all these problems, it should be clear that the United Nations needs to be reformed. However, member countries are doing little to fix the organization’s many issues, and reforms have done little to help. The Human Rights Council “reformed” in 2006, yet problems and issues continue to spring from the organization. After the “Oil-for-Food” scandal, the United Nations promised to reform and provide more transparency in its dealings, with the secretary-general even calling for a “system-wide audit” to restore trust; unfortunately, none of that has occured. Even an internal organization dedicated to removing corruption was abolished after only two years of operation. One has to ask- can the United Nations actually reform, or is this just a continuing cycle of problems, scandals, and broken promises? Maybe it is time for the United Nations to end.
By: Lucas Gemmer