Intro Lesson 2: The Principal Organs of the United Nations

Intro Lesson 2: The Principal Organs of the United Nations


I hope you now understand how the tired victors of the World War came to their decision to build an organization which would bring about a new world order based on the firm conviction that the world had seen enough conflict for one generation. In the second lesson, we will look in more depth at the UN as
an organization, how the six principal parts of the UN work, and how they work together to try to
accomplish the enormous variety of jobs given to the world
Organization. In particular, we look at the work of the
General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Secretariat, which is the UN’s civil service. and some of the other important parts of the organization. When I worked as a director of peacekeeping in New York, I used to spend about five or six hours a week in the Security Council. I never got tired of that. I never went into that chamber without a slight shiver of excitement. So much history has been written
that beautiful Art Deco room, and so many ghosts from the past are still there continuing to dispute and debate the great issues of their day. I was privileged to listen to many world
leaders addressing the Council, heads of state, heads of government not just from the permanent members, but from Africa, from Asia, from Europe, the Americas… You will learn about the Council and
its more democratic elder brother, the General Assembly And you will, I hope, understand how much of what’s going on in the world is affected
by the deliberations of these two bodies. They’re by no means perfect, but they really do have an influence for good. We thank our students worldwide serving
on peacekeeping missions. The Peace Operations Training Institute
is dedicated to serving you.

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