For those of you who don't know, "The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights." However, not one of those countries is a micro-nation. Moreover, micro-nations are not recognized by the U.N. According to the Montevideo Convention of 1933 a nation must fulfill four criteria to exist
- Defined Territory
- Capacity to enter into relations with other countries
- A permanent population
The question is what would the U.N. have to lose if they admitted micro or mini-nations? Given their strategic placement off-shore they could become valuable resources for refugee protection and models of sustainable development (a few of the several issues the U.N. supports).
So what do you think? Should the U.N. admit micro-nations or not? What is the downside?