Since its inception back in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has accomplished innumerable successes across the world, especially through coordination with its agencies and other similar organizations. Some of its notable achievements include:
Maintaining Peace and Security
Through peacekeeping and conflict resolution initiatives across the world, UN has managed to restore peace and stability as well as reduce the casualties of war. One such case is that of Sierra Leone where UN peacekeepers between 1999 and 2005 contributed greatly to the end of the decade-long civil war.
Global Food Security and Aid
In addition to changing climate and weather patterns that affect food production, an ever-increasing global population faces the threat of food shortage. The World Food Program (WFP) has however been on the forefront with global food security initiatives. It is estimated that the UN feeds approximately 104 million people from 80 nations annually due to natural disasters, war, poverty, or health emergencies.
Fight against AIDS
Even though it cannot receive full credit for the strides made in the fight against this epidemic, the UN has played a critical role in the achievements made. The World Health Organization, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and UNAIDS have initiated awareness, prevention, and treatment programs which have significantly reduced the number of deaths from AIDS and related opportunistic diseases. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of new infections in adults and children reduced by 11% and 47% respectively. Also, the number of HIV related deaths since the peak of the epidemic in 2005 had reduced by 48% by 2016.
UN’s achievements span across all the facets of humanity whether politics, economy, health, environment, protection of children, women empowerment or human rights.