1) To what extent does the UN balance individual country needs with the greater good?.
The UN does not do a very good job of balancing individual country needs to the greater good. During the debate, countries would go up and focus on their own country, without giving much thought to the benefit of all the countries as a whole. This is important because if countries are egocentric, then nobody will accomplish anything and the body will vote against it; this is what happened during our debate. By balancing needs of a country with the other countries, some compromises will have to be made, but overall and in the long run, a clever solution will be achieved. The UN needs to improve their equilibrium with countries and the world in order to resolve problems and achieve the goal of making the world better as a whole. During the debate, an amendment was brought up to help solve the problem of gender equity in Africa. The amendment, which favored more developed countries, called for countries with unequal gender rights to provide slave labor for countries that were equal. This amendment was very ineffective in solving problems for Africa, and instead helped the rich countries get better and the poor countries get worse. This is a clear example to show how the UN does not balance individual country needs with the world as a whole.
2) To what extent did the United Nations improve Africa's social and economic development?.
The United Nations did very little to improve Africa's social and economic development. As we saw during the debate, countries proposed resolutions to try and help Africa. However, the UN as a whole decided to vote against both of these resolutions. The idea of the debt resolution was to reduce debtor nation's outstanding balance by thirty percent in exchange for free natural resources. The other idea called for zero interest on poor countries in debt. However, the UN decided to vote against both of these amendments, resulting in no change for Africa.