I volunteered for my school’s Model UN this weekend, and learned a lot of things about how the UN works. For the most part, it was a fun experience, but it really opened my eyes on just how many frustrations there can be in politics.
I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of political bodies, and have never doubted their capabilities. However, after getting a look at how the UN works, my thoughts have changed. There are simply too many nations whose interests are at stake for the UN to be efficient. In the Security Council especially, there are so many opposing interests that it makes it nearly impossible for actions to be passed in the body. In addition, because some countries can veto action orders in the Security Concil, hardly anything can be done efficiently, because there are so many conflicting interests. The sheer number of interests that need to be equally represented and respected, as well as the alliances and suspicions of each nation makes it extremely hard for the UN to be an efficient body.
The UN is still a great organization that gets a lot done in the world. However, after seeing how the process in the UN works, I can understand why the process never seems efficient. If anything, my respect for the UN and each country’s delegates has gone up, because their job is not easy at all; not only are they representing an entire nation, they also need to be extremely knowledgable and be able to compromise when needed, and stand fast otherwise under immese pressure. It truly is a job that not many could do, so I applaud the UN for being able to accomplish what it does on a day to day basis, which is playing a huge role in maintaining world peace.