The New York Times Upfront: Is the United Nations Still Relevant?
Ambassador Bill Richardson on the 70th birthday of the United Nations
The United Nations was founded 70 years ago, in 1945, in the aftermath of World War II. The goal was to prevent a third global conflict. Since then, the organization has grown from 51 original member states to 193. Today, the U.N. employs 41,000 people in dozens of agencies worldwide that do everything from fighting childhood malnutrition and aiding refugees to sending peacekeepers into war zones. But getting those nations to cooperate is no easy task.