The notion that institutions lag behind the social and economic realities that they purportedly have been established to address is far from new. This “cultural lag” At 75 years old, the world organization, in which so much hope was invested in the aftermath of World War II, is in troubled waters, if not beached like an ailing whale on the sandbanks of good intentions. A key problem is that an organization made up of sovereign states is ill-equipped to tackle transnational problems such as runaway capitalism, climate change or pandemics that no single state or coalition of states is able to control. Unless this fundamental issue is addressed, the UN risks following the League of Nations into irrelevance.
26 (2020) Special Issue 2