UN at 70: Tea Party discussion on:What has the UN ever done for us?
(A parody of Life of Brain‘s “What have the Romans ever done for us?”)
Imagine a group of Tea Party activists sitting in a bar.
The UN they are everywhere
I think I saw a black helicopter the other day
Yes……..and have you seen those black drones too ----
The UN has black drones?
All right, Jacob. Don't labour the point. And what have the UN ever given us?
Well there is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 that has ensured human rights for loads of people
Oh yeah, yeah they gave us that. Yeah. That's true.
Then they set safety standards for sea and air travel. You remember how bad it was before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) contributed to making air travel the safest mode of transportation
Oh yes... that was very good, Dylan you remember what the accidents used to be like.
All right, I'll grant you that human rights and safe traveling are two things that the UN have done...
And being able to post mail abroad because of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) which has maintained and regulated international mail delivery. And The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which has coordinated use of the radio spectrum, promoted cooperation in assigning positions for stationary satellites, and established international standards for communications, ensuring the undeterred flow of information around the globe.
(sharply) Well yes obviously the mail and radio and satellites and telephone calls... go without saying. But apart from the human rights, mail, radio, satellites and being able to travel safely abroad
Another Masked Activist:
The stopped the hole in the ozone layer ... The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) highlighted the damage caused to the earth's ozone layer. As a result the UN facilitated governments through the Montreal Protocol, to stop chemical emissions of substances that have caused the depletion of the ozone layer. Dylan that was good it spared millions of people from the increased risk of contracting cancer due to additional exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
Other Masked Voices:
Also they helped to eradicate of smallpox…that was not a nice thing to get and then ebola…..that was thanks to the UNs World Health Organization
Yes... all right, fair enough...
Activist Near Front:
And providing safe drinking water – the UN agencies have worked to make safe drinking water available to 1.3 billion people in rural areas during the last decade. That's pretty good!!!
Oh yes! that i so true!
Yeah. That's something we'd really miss if the UN closed shop, Dylan.
Masked Activist at Back:
And their work on sanitation…….
What about their work on universal immunization - Polio, tetanus, measles, whooping cough, diphtheria and tuberculosis which still kill million children each year. Polio is nearly eradicated that’s pretty good.
Yes, they certainly know how to address health issues... (general nodding)... let's face it, they're the only ones who could do that in a place like this.(more general murmurs of agreement)
What about the peacekeeping…. Since 1945, the United Nations has been credited with negotiating over 180 peaceful settlements that have ended regional conflicts.
and what about improving education in developing countries - as a direct result of the efforts of UN agencies, over 84 per cent of adults in the world can now read and write, and 90 per cent of children in these countries attend school.
All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and travel safety, satellites, mail, infrastructure and a freshwater system and human rights and environment .. what have the UN done for us?
Brought peace! Maintaining peace and security – The UN has deployed over 50 peace-keeping forces and observer missions and has been able to restore calm to allow the negotiating process to go forward while saving millions of people from becoming casualties of conflicts. The United Nations has used quiet diplomacy to avert imminent wars.
(very angry, he's not having a good meeting at all)
What!? Oh... (Scornfully) Peace, yes... shut up!