The UN’s Place in the Era of Globalization: A Four-Dimensional Perspective

  • Joseph A. Camilleri


Fifty years after its establishment the UN is highly visible to say the least; through its various agencies and activities it is virtually omnipresent; through its resolutions, interventions and international gatherings it dominates the pages of our newspapers. The UN has, in effect, become the world’s most discussed institution, even if it is as much for its failures as for its successes. The extraordinary growth of its security role, to which several of the preceding chapters have already referred, is perhaps the clearest indicator yet of the UN’s expanding functions and global presence.1 Between 1988 and 1994 the number of military personnel involved in peace had risen from 9570 to 73,393 and the number of contributing countries from 26 to 76. In the course of 1994, the UN undertook electoral activities in 21 countries, whereas no such activities were recorded in 1987.2 These statistics point not merely to a higher level of activity, but to actions that are both more complex and functionally and geographically more diverse.


Security Council Global Governance Sovereign State International Tribunal Political Space 
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