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With the giant tsunami in Southeast Asia, the Nargis cyclone in Myanmar, hunger in a good part of the developing world, the effects of global warming around the world, and military conflicts between any number of nations, does anyone not understand why we need the United Nations?
It is the U.N. that gets nations together to talk about the issues and formulate solutions. As Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in an editorial that appeared in a number of papers around the country (including the Des Moines Register on Saturday, June 28, 2008, “More than talk: U.N. feeds, protect, acts”), “It’s the talk that put U.N. peacekeepers on the ground in 18 countries on four continents. It’s the talk that raises the money and mandates the programs that feed so many of the world’s hungry. It’s the talk that marks the world’s first steps toward dealing with climate change, the global food crisis and a daily array of humanitarian crises.”
It is the U.N. that provides the coordination necessary for all the various U.N., national, and private agencies to work together to organize relief efforts, locate and deliver food, provide education, and deal with the issues that cross national borders. (For up-to-date news stories about the work of the U.N., see the website: www.un.org/news.)
The United States could be a leader in helping the U.N. solve many of the world’s problems. Our President and Congressional Representatives need to hear of our support for the U.N. and for the U.S. constructive participant in the process. Send them a letter or give them a call! As we have learned in recent years, even the richest most powerful nation in the world cannot solve international problems on its own. There are jobs where the world has to act together – through the U.N. The U.N. is how the world works together.
Katy Hansen, Iowa United Nations Association