United Nations and regional organizations : bridging the gap in the 21st century.
Francis Heartman Amuzu.
Date of Issue2008
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
The rise of regionalism during the cold war era has usurped the primary responsibility of the UN, thereby creating a schism between the world body and regional organizations. The consequence of this is the marginalization of the UN, hence its ineffectiveness in maintaining global security. This study investigates the causes of the usurpation of the primary task of the UN and argues that, in exclusion of the UN Charter, superpower rivalry is the prepotent causal factor of this wedge between these corrival institutions. The researcher unravels the significant contributions regional organizations could make to regional, hence international peace and security. It demonstrates that for the UN to be effective in achieving its credo - the maintenance of global peace and harmony - the schism subsisting between the UN and regional organizations must be bridged. To this end, the researcher proffered a structural and functional integration of regional bodies into the working mechanism of the UN in effectively guaranteeing global security. For the UN to successfully play the primary role it is designed to play, the engagement and incorporation of regional organizations are vital for its global security mechanism in the 21st century, a century plagued by global threats that cannot be dealt with alone by the UN.
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