United Nations Or Not?


0101A Difficult And Defining Moment2003090920030914

What is the point of the United Nations? The failure of the UN Security Council to prevent or authorise the war in Iraq has brought into question the role and relevance of the United Nations as never before.

Can it ever do the job it was set up to do, prevent wars, and what about the other challenges facing the world today, challenges like HIV/AIDS, poverty, starvation and threats to the environment? This landmark series, written and presented by Edward Stourton, includes contributions from world leaders and statesmen, as well as those with a stake in global humanitarian efforts.

The view from inside the UN after the British and the Americans left the United Nations route and began conflict in Iraq.

With contributions from Secretary-General Kofi Annan and key players in the British, French, German and American governments and delegations.

0102The Lessons Of History2003091620030921
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A look at the history of the relationship between the UN and the United States, from the founding of the UN, through the paralysis of the Cold War abd the optimism of the 90s to the crises in Somalia and Kosovo.

With contributions from former US Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and James Baker, Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and US Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.

0103The Final Judgment2003092320030928

A look at the work of the UN as arbiter of international justice from the Nuremberg Trials in the aftermath of the Second World War to today's prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic in The Hague.

With contributions from Madeline Albright, US Secretary Of State under Clinton, Carla del Ponte, Chief Prosecutor For The Yugoslav and Rwanda Tribunals, Lord Ashdown, High Representative Of Bosnia And Herzegovina, and Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner For Human Rights.

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This week, following the work of the UN in fulfilling the promises the developed world has made to Africa, fighting against the global concerns of famine, disease, poverty and threats to the environment.

With contributions from UN Secretary Kofi Annan, Bono, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and International Financier, George Soros.