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The UN at 75: An assessment

It may not be perfect but the civilisation we enjoy today would not be possible without the United Nations and its family of agencies and entities

World War II killed between 70 million and 80 million people and left many countries in ruin. In the aftermath, the leaders of the victorious allies wanted to build a new world. One of their most important initiatives was to establish the United Nations in 1945.

The UN is commemorating its 75th anniversary this year. Is it an occasion to praise or criticise the UN? Does it have a bright or bleak future?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2020, with the headline 'The UN at 75: An assessment'. Print Edition | Subscribe