Reponsibility to Protect - a responsibility of all States to protect their own populations, but ultimately a responsibility of the whole human race, to protect our fellow human beings from extreme abuse wherever and whenever it occurs, might provide a tool – if used carefully and responsibly – that could reduce (if not eliminate) more human disasters.
The resignation of the UN commander in chief in Congo this year is indicative of the rising number of problematic UN peacekeeping missions. For peacemaking in complex environments to have a chance of succeeding, members of the UN Security Council will need to transcend their own national security and economic interests.
UN conference was convened to find new ways of dealing with the global financial and economic crises and give voice to those most affected by them. But the rich countries have opposed any real change, and the result is an anemic UN document.