By Gyan Basnet. Courtesy Asia Times Online. The United Nations was founded in 1945 in order to replace the League of Nations and in so doing to bring about a new world order. Today the organization’s structure still reflects the circumstances pertaining at the time of its founding, but in the meantime the world has changed dramatically.
The Westphalia view of international law as a disciplinary force between nation states, each with its own economic, social and political authority has, however, now ceased to be appropriate in a global society where the power of non-state actors continues to grow. As cross-border activity and practices increase in number, Professor B Sausa Santos argues that the nation-state is less able to maintain the level of control that it once had over the flow of persons, goods, money and ideas. The ease of capital movement and the increasingly powerful world financial markets and multi-national corporations, backed by fast communications and therefore information, have meant that parts of the world such as Asia, Africa, and Central and Latin America have been drawn into the global economy at an increasingly rapid rate. Now monolithic financial institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are the economic order of the day.
Editor’s note: The UN will perish in its current form. Either it changes radically or is reborn with different structures. It good draw some inspiration from the World Wide Ahmadiyya Movement, a true United Nations in making, where love and justice are the main determining factor.