The devistation of flight MH17 and the destruction in Gaza make the heart weep. The pain and grief they each bring is unbearable. Resolution seems out of reach and the commentators seem too partial. The United Nations meet, debate, make statements but for all their words it all seems so ineffectual. And yet… And yet… We need to regain the original vision for the United Nations, re-invest in its processes and re-affirm our commitment to working with and through its agencies. In an increasing interconnected world, where events so often have global consequences the United Nations becomes ever more important. Without it, it is nation against nation and interest group against interest group. It is time to bring the UN centre stage. United, peace and justice can prevail, divided…?