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The UN has run its course. It must adapt or die

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The UN has run its course. It must adapt or die

Big five’s power must be curtailed, the right to veto reformed and the Global South included. After all, it’s not 1945

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

On Friday Russia vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution that would have demanded it immediately stop its attack on Ukraine and withdraws all troops. As Vladimir Putin’s army invaded the neighbouring country and began a chilling bombardment operation that has killed hundreds of civilians, it’s important to remind ourselves how the big nations gave themselves the power to block resolutions and disregard the UN when contemplating unilateral action.

On April 19 1946 the League of Nations officially ceased to exist.

Formed in 1920 at the Paris Treaty marking the end of World War 1, the league had as its raison d’être the elimination of all forms of aggression by nation states and the prevention of wars. By 1945, when the Nazis were finally defeated and Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a bunker, it was evident it had dismally failed in its mission...

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