The sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations again led to a lot of discussion about the organisation, and rightly so. At the same time the debate was not very balanced, emphasising the shortcomings of the organisation, but neglecting the fact that it is often active in situations which are beyond the control of all its member states (ie: in 'messy situations' where it can do hardly any good). In this book, the authors concentrate on the need to achieve security for all of mankind, and the role the UN could or should play in that respect. As the cliche remarks: 'If the UN did not exists, it would have to be invented'. This book argues that the UN is still very necessary, in a world full of conflict, poverty and the lack of human security. The authors go back to the original aims of the organisation as formulated in 1945, while also examining all the major strengths and weaknesses that have emerged in the sixty years since. This title contains up to date and accessible information, in an easy to read style. The authors are renowned experts in international affairs, with both practical and theoretical knowledge of how the UN operates.It provides thorough knowledge on the UN system as a whole and stimulates own insights.