REGIONAL AND GLOBAL IGO's - Jaworski 1 Zachary Jaworski...

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Jaworski 1 Zachary Jaworski Institutions of Global Governance November 24, 2007 Professor Edwards IGO’s: Membership vs. effectiveness The superseding purpose of this report is to determine whether or not the amount of members in any given Intergovernmental Organization will in turn have an effect on its efficiency and ability to operate. In order to answer this question, one must first analyze the stature of both global and regional IGO’s. A global IGO, such as the United Nations, is an organization that includes a wide array of members, and whose scope covers any number of issues including economy, society and politics. A regional IGO, such as the European Union (EU) or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will often cover similar issues; however the membership tends to be much more limited to include only a specific number of states. After one completely interprets the purpose and objectives set forth by both global and regional IGO’s, it can be understood that the argument of membership versus effectiveness is irrelevant. Instead, it can be concluded that the efficiency and effectiveness of IGO’s can only be determined in a case by case situation. Having been said, the overall stature of an IGO can only be determined on an individual basis, and by understanding the specific goals and agenda’s set by each separate IGO. The United Nations is an IGO whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in International law, security, economic development, social progress, and human rights
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Jaworski 2 issues. The UN was preceded by the League of Nations and formed in 1945 in the hopes that it could intervene in conflicts between nations, thereby avoiding possible wars (98). The UN is made up of several large bodies such as the Security Council, General Assembly, International Court of Justice, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, and the Secretariat. (102) The UN currently consists of 192 states, which encompasses most independent states in the world. Having been said, the UN is an example of a global IGO with an extensive membership. Therefore the question being addressed is whether or not their large-scale membership has an effect on the UN’s ability to function in a way that is both efficient and beneficial to the International Community. When referring to the UN, it is incredibly difficult to measure its effectiveness because of its many bodies. For example, the effectiveness of the UN in the past several years has been brought to question because of the Security Council, and the ability of the five permanent members to veto certain issues, meaning that an issue could
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