The United Nations was set up after the Second World War as a body that would preside over the whole world, settle disputes and prevent further disastrous conflict and war. It rose out of the ashes of the League of Nations with a burst of idealism. It set out in its tremendous charter a template for human rights.
Since then it has been nowhere near as effective as it should have been. Why? Because the big powers veto action and control it and it is starved of funding. Its mechanisms are ponderous.
To be effective it has to have the power to override what the major powers want. It has to have faster responses and be less cumbersome. It needs to represent all the countries of the world equally. It needs to have the role of a world policeman.
There is always a danger that a global power could become tyrannical. We have to build in safeguards to prevent this.
Why do we need it?
Most of our major problems are now global and beyond the remit of any one nation. Without a global body they are unable to be properly monitored and controlled:
Food and water quality
These things know no boundaries. The loopholes are exploited by powerful people. Capitalism is destroying the planet. Corruption means that even laws are flouted. Logging, strip mining, worker exploitation, trafficking of people, dumping of waste………
Without global action, laws and enforcement, we are heading down a slippery slope to destruction. We can no longer allow the rich and powerful to rape the planet through their selfish greed. They need controlling. We need to stop the huge population increase and regulate our actions. We need to close the tax havens and put an end to the unfairness. We need to stop wars and root out the criminals, terrorists and polluters.
We need a global body with teeth.
We already have a global body. It is the United Nations.
It is time to put in the safeguards, make it democratic and accountable, fund it properly and give it the power to get the job done.