The United Nations opened up large global horizons in 1945. But the steps taken by member states since then have been small, hesitant and limited. The 1945 dream of a world community equal in rights and united in vision has never come close to being realised. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, in his Nobel Prize acceptance address, described the United Nations as a place where the peoples of the world are served up to the designs of governments.1 Captured by governments, the UN became increasingly distant from ‘We, the peoples’.
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