A strengthened United Nations where all voices can be heard is imperative. But to be heard, these voices must come not only from government functionaries but also from representatives of people.
The United Nations is recognized as the world's most legitimate, universal international organization. But though it purports to represent "We the peoples," the organization functions as a forum for bargaining among national governments, with the peoples of the world relegated to the sidelines. As a consequence, reform of the UN system has been very difficult, and progress on the major multilateral issues of our times exceedingly slow.