This is the U.N.'s stated purpose as listed on the official U.N. cite: [SIZE=-1]The purposes of the United Nations, as set forth in the Charter, are to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends. Are any of these objectives being met at a satisfactory level? None of the 192 member states seem to follow or adhere to Security Council Resolutions. It seems to equate to little more than lip service. North Korea is laughing at them. Hussein laughed at them. A few other slip-ups listed on Wiki [/SIZE]In many cases member states have shown reluctance to achieve or enforce Security Council resolutions, an issue that stems from the UN's intergovernmental nature — seen by some as simply an association of member states who must reach consensus, not an independent organization. Disagreements in the Security Council about military action and intervention are seen as having failed to prevent the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, failed to provide humanitarian aid and intervene in the Second Congo War, failed to intervene in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and protect a refugee haven by the authorising the peacekeepers to use force, failure to deliver food to starving people in Somalia, failure to implement provisions of Security Council resolutions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and continuing failure to prevent genocide or provide assistance in Darfur. Maybe I'm missing something; but it seems they aren't making much progress in achieving said purpose cited above.