In a world of trouble: at 75, the UN is a toothless anachronism

07 September 2020 - 08:00 By ADEKEYE ADEBAJO

Adekeye Adebajo

Alaa Al-Manai'a plays in her family's house in a poverty-stricken quarter in the Al-Karamah neighbourhood of Gaza City. More than a billion people worldwide still live on less than $1.25 (R21) a day.
Alaa Al-Manai'a plays in her family's house in a poverty-stricken quarter in the Al-Karamah neighbourhood of Gaza City. More than a billion people worldwide still live on less than $1.25 (R21) a day.
Image: Fatima Shbair

The UN's 75th birthday is a rather sombre affair.

The reason is that its ​pillars of peace, human rights and development are under severe strain from the headwinds of populist nativism.

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