The UN General Assembly, the central political forum, is composed of 193 members, including virtually all the world’s nation-states. Two thirds of its members are developing countries, which account for about three-quarters of the world’s population.
Reaching decisions is difficult, especially since all agreements by custom must be reached by consensus. As a result, important agreements are often held hostage by narrow special interests, and most agreements are reached only by reducing them to their lowest common denominators. But the real question is whether the major countries of the world will allow democracy to function at the highest level.
The Security Council, which is responsible for peace and security, deals with issues of the greatest political importance. The Council has only 15 members so it can meet frequently and deal with crises. Once impotence due to Cold War rivalries, it has regained much of the authority accorded by the UN charter.
But such policies seem instead to have created the conditions for even more campus violence.Some college students who previously drank in bars and lounges under the watchful supervision of bouncers (not to mention owners eager to keep their liquor licenses) now retreat to the sanctuary of their fraternity houses and apartments, where they no longer control their behaviour or their drinking.The boomerang effect has also played a role in attempts to reduce the availability of illicit drugs.During recent years, the federal government has been quite successful in reducing the supply of street drugs.As fields are burned and contraband confiscated, the price of street drugs has skyrocketed to a point where cheap altematives have begun to compete in the marketplace.Unfortunately, the cheap alternatives are even more harmful than the illicit drugs they replace.