What are the achievements of the United Nations Organization?

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several successes of the United Nations. One success was keeping South Korea independent after North Korea attacked them without provocation in 1950. The United Nations put together a fighting force of soldiers from several countries, led by the United States, to force North Korea out of South Korea. South Korea remains independent today.

The United Nations helped save the pyramids in Egypt. When there was a proposal to build a highway that would endanger the pyramids, the United Nations acted to divert the building of the highway so the pyramids would remain safe.

The United Nations has worked to eliminate some diseases and to protect the environment. The United Nations worked to wipe out smallpox with a vast immunization campaign. The United Nations also worked to get countries to work together to protect the ozone layer by getting countries to sign an agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

The United Nations has also worked to help children. The Children’s fund of the United Nations works to protect the rights of kids.

The United Nations has had many successes.