UNITED NATIONS: A Sense of Irrelevance

ALMOST unnoticed—except perhaps by the attending delegates—the 27th session of the U.N. General Assembly adjourned last week. After more than 500 meetings and 1,500 hours of debate, the delegates succeeded in passing 153 resolutions. Nine dealt with disarmament, seven with Palestinian refugees, four with decolonization and South African apartheid, and three with bans on nuclear testing—all issues on which the U.N. has made little progress in the past.

A majority of the small, poor countries, which now account for 97 of the General Assembly's 132 votes, harp on these themes—mainly because the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!