Magazine article New Internationalist

What the UN Means to Alejandra Costamagna

Magazine article New Internationalist

What the UN Means to Alejandra Costamagna

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Alejandra Costamagna

- writer, Santiago, Chile

'IT is impossible not to think about the UN after Bush and Iraq,' she says. The UN would be quite a different thing without that background. The UN has become Bush's toilet. The UN has become an operator dealing with the disasters Bush has created in Iraq and Afghanistan.'

So what is the UN's current mission?

'The UN should take upon itself the task of trying to stop Bush's terrorist offensive. Try to correct the political imbalances of the US. This is not necessarily its main mission, or it was not until now. But there is urgency right now, given these circumstances. Protect human rights, keep a state of law in the world-that's urgent.'

And what about the UN and development?

'What should it do? See that global development is more democratic and is once more seen as an equitable goal for all in the world. …

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