I really like the speech The United Nations in the 21st Century by Kofi Annan. It talks about the goals and accomplishments of the United Nations in the 21st century, and the importance the UN can have on society. From reading this, I got a clearer idea of that the UN is about and why it strives to accomplish certain tasks. This speech discusses the importance of individual rights, peace among all peoples and world tolerance and understanding. I now know some goals of the UN, showed in the quote, “From this vision of the role of the United Nations in the next century flow three key priorities for the future: eradicating poverty, preventing conflict, and promoting democracy” (627, para. 11). These are not the only goals of the UN but they are important ones that this group continues to strive in accomplishing.
I found a website that shows and explains the United Nations current peacekeeping operations. It shows that this group is hard at work on peace and equality among many countries. Led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, or DPKO, the UN is on 16 different peace operations in Africa, the America's, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The UN will always have different missions to go on because the world is not a peaceful place quite yet. I hope that someday it will be, but even so, the UN continues to make a difference in many countries. Their efforts are appreciated but more people should research what they are doing. Doing this research has shown me that i need to pay more attention to what is going on around me and appreciate the good that this group is doing.
You can find more info on http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/operations/current.shtml