In the post-911 era, the United Nations, conceived originally in 1945 as a grand scheme and organization to ensure global peace and security, still struggles to remain relevant in its mission. While its founding principles remain undeniably noble, the UN has never been able to rise to the lofty position of being able to unite the human race in successfully combatting tyranny, poverty, disease and crime. As a complex initiative that works in all corners of the globe, the United Nations has come to mean many different and often contrary things as it crosses national borders, war zones, and oceans in an effort to save humanity from itself. The challenge in this whole grand endeavor is that its governance was likely seriously flawed from the outset. The Security Council – the main governing body – comprised of member-states have the power to veto each other’s motions to the point of stymieing critical intervention in war-torn countries like Somalia, Rwanda, Congo, Korea(s), Yemen, Kashmir, Syria, the Balkans and East Timor. United Nations peace-keeping in these hotspots is either non-existent or a token force dedicated to maintaining a mere presence. Much of the failure here is because none of the major powers are willing to equip operations that either run contrary to their global influence or puts their soldiers at risk. Any meaningful intervention is left to groups like NATO, OAS (Organization of African States), and countries like France whose small mobile attack units trained for such conflicts. Currently there are five ongoing conflicts in the Middle East that the UN is no longer involved in with respect to a military presence. On a another level, the United Nations continues to struggle to defend its Universal Charter of Human Rights, because of the near impossibility of enforcing the international rule of law on national situations where human rights abuses abound. Where enforcement is not likely, any condemnation of torture, slavery, and religious persecution rings hollow. Then there is the continuing dysfunctionality of the General Assembly that has become the lightening rod for anything opposing the United States and Israel, the former being the United Nations’ biggest donor. To cap it off, the United Nations’ secretariat (main bureaucracy) and affiliate operations such as the World Health Organization have become the main place where most of its six billion dollar annual budget is spent, unfortunately, mostly in a spawn of reports and investigations that do little to ease hunger, grant sanctuary, or relieve suffering in the poorer nations. Perhaps the time has come to overhaul the UN mandate so it focusses on strictly humanitarian goals that concentrate on areas such as delivery of food to the hungry, medicine to the sick, and shelter to the homeless.