By Franz Baumann*
Note: This is a slightly abridged version of Franz Baumann's Keynote Address at the Bonn International Model UN titled 'Transformation in the midst of Crisis: New approaches in a changing International System' on November 30. Bonn, the former capital of West Germany, hosts 19 UN organizations and secretariats in the UN Campus.
NEW YORK (IDN) - There has been a momentous transformation in the past seventy years since the end of WWII and the founding of the United Nations. The UN, to recall, was born out of the second cataclysmic catastrophe of the 20th century.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the opportunity was missed to organize peace: Japan invaded Manchuria, Italy invaded Abyssinia, Germany invaded Czechoslovakia, started WWII and carried out the genocide against the Jews.