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This year the United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary.But criticism rarely raised about the U.N. involves the decline of the intellectual leadership of the organization. In the early years of the U.N. there was confusion as to what the role of the secretary-general and his secretariat actually were in the international decision-making process. The most important intellectual contribution of the U.N. at that time was probably in the field of economic development. One example suffices: During the period 1953-1971, the intellectual golden age of the United Nations, some 40 developing countries joined the organization. The main topic at the U.N. at the time was how to help these countries develop. This forced the United Nations to open a new investigation in 2012 .
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