THE UNITED NATIONS
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INTRODUCTION

The Watchtower Society has a historically negative view towards the United Nations, believing it to be the "Wild Beast", a product of Satan (underline ours):

The Watchtower, February 15 (2009) p.25
“The wisdom from above” helps us to understand “the mystery of the woman and of the [scarlet-colored] wild beast that is carrying her.” (Jas. 3:17) This symbolic wild beast began as the League of Nations and was later revived as the United Nations. Should not the unraveling of this mystery move us to be zealous in preaching the good news of God’s Kingdom and proclaiming the day of Jehovah’s judgment?

See also:
The Watchtower, October 1 (1995) p.7 box
Our Kingdom Ministry, August (1994) pp.506 Theocratic Ministry School Review
The Watchtower, January 15 (1979) pp.17-18 para.21
The Watchtower, February 1 (1979) p.23 para.9

In spite of this view, in 1991 the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society chose to apply for association with the United Nations' department of public information (DPI) as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and such membership was granted in 1992 and continued on until 2001.

This did not make the Watchtower Society an actual member of the United Nations, but it did make the Watchtower Society an NGO in association with the United Nations. Interestingly, though, this association was not common knowledge among the Jehovah's Witness membership. In fact, it only came to light when a British news company, The Guardian, publicly outed the Watchtower Society with two articles about the matter.

Why would the Watchtower Society choose to associate with something they view as the satanic "Wild Beast" of Revelation?


THE WATCHTOWER SOCIETY'S SIDE

The Watchtower Society does not deny having registered with the Department of Public Information (DPI) as an Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in association with the United Nations. They state that they registered as such only because they were told it was necessary to register as an NGO in order to have continued access to the United Nations library system -- a system they had already been using on a regular basis. They also state that the initial registration papers on file contained no statements that conflict with their doctrine ( please click here to view registration papers ). And, they also state that "...the criteria for association of NGOs -- at least in their latest version -- contain language that we cannot subscribe to. When we realized this we immediately withdrew our registration" suggesting that the criteria had changed at some point after they became an associate NGO. Here is their official statement, dated November 1 2001 (Note: Watchtower Society correspondence typically does not have personal signatures placed at the end of the correspondence):

WT Explanation


When a British news company, The Guardian, published two articles (Article 1 and Article 2) (Transcript 1,Transcript 2, if the article links don't work) regarding this association, the Watchtower Society lamented that the articles severely misrepresented the facts, and thus responded with this reply:

Guardian Response

Note how this letter states "Years later, unbeknown to the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, the United Nations published 'Criteria for Association', stipulating that affiliated NGOs are required to support the goals of the United Nations". Again, suggesting that an unknown change was made after their initial registration.

Note how this letter also states "At the time of the initial application no signature was required on the form". Although this is true, they aren't giving a full disclosure: Although they didn't need to sign the initial application, they did need to sign the annual accreditation forms each year. To see an example of one of the annual accreditation forms they needed to sign, please click Here.

To this day, the Watchtower Society continues to maintain that the sole reason for registering as an NGO in association with the United Nations was simply for the use of the UN's library facilities.

 

THE RAW FACTS

Paul Hoeffel, Chief of the United Nations Department of Public Information, issued a statement in October 2001, verifying that the Watchtower Society was granted association in 1992 and withdrew their registration in 2001:

Paul Hoeffel Letter


Because Mr. Hoeffel continued to get correspondence seeking details on the matter, in March 2004 he released a newer statement that gave more detail regarding the Watchtower Society's involvement as an associate NGO (Our apologies for the poor quaility of the image. Please click Here for a transcript of the image below) :

 


LIBRARY USAGE

Although the Watchtower Society continues to attest that their only reason for registering was for accessing the UN library facilities, Paul Hoeffel's letter from March 2004, shown above, provides evidence to the contrary. Note that his letter clearly states in the fourth paragraph that the primary purpose of an NGO is to distribute "information in order to increase public understanding of the principles, activities, and achievements of the United Nations and its agencies". Note that the letter continues on to state that NGOs are expected to send issues of their relevant publications to the United Nations, and that NGOs share the principles of the UN Charter.

The question remains: What, then, are the rules and regulations for using the United Nations library?

The United Nations library is officially known as the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, named after the second Secretary-General of the United Nations who served from 1953 until his untimely death in an airplane crash in 1961.

According to the Library's FAQ, seen here, under the question "Who may use the library?" the answer is as follows (underline ours):

Who may use the library?

The Dag Hammarskjöld Library is a special library designated to facilitate the work of the United Nations which focuses mainly on the needs of the United Nations Secretariat and diplomatic missions. Anyone with a valid United Nations Headquarters grounds pass, including specialized agencies, accredited media and NGO staff, is able to visit the library. Due to security constraints in place at the United Nations Headquarters complex, the library is not open to the general public. The vast majority of recent documentation is available to everyone electronically. Members of the public are invited to visit depository libraries located worldwide if they are in need of documentation in hard-copy format. The library provides online access to tools that assist clients in finding and using United Nations documentation including, UN Documents Research Guide, the UN Info Quest (UN-I-Que) database, and an e-mail reference service.

In short, only those who possess a United Nations grounds pass can visit the library, HOWEVER the general public can simply visit a United Nations Depository Library to access the same information without needing a pass.

What is a "Depository Library"? According to their Depository Library FAQ, these are branches of the United Nations library located in several countries around the world. These libraries have always been open to the general public since 1946, meaning a grounds pass was never necessary for visiting these locations. This is according to the UN's own words as shown on the FAQ page:

Since 1946, the Dag Hammarskjold Library of the United Nations Secretariat in New York has arranged for the distribution of United Nations documents and publications to users around the world through its depository library system. At present, there are more than 400 depository libraries in over 140 countries maintaining United Nations material from the date of designation as depository to the present. The general public can consult the material free of charge at any depository library.

AND...according to the listing for depository libraries (seen here), there are five such branch libraries located in New York City -- the same city that the Watchtower Society is located in.

 

NGO PRIVILEGES

What then, did the Watchtower Society stand to gain by becoming an NGO in association with the United Nations? According to the UN's webpage here:

Non-governmental organizations in general consultative status, special consultative status and on the Roster, that express their wish to attend the relevant international conferences convened by the United Nations and the meetings of the preparatory bodies of the said conferences shall as a rule be accredited for participation.

Therefore, an associated NGO is eligible to participate in certain United Nations related conferences and meetings on top of being allowed access to the main Dag Hammarskjöld Library.

So the question then becomes: Aside from library use, did the Watchtower Society exercise its other privileges involved in NGO related activities?

Yes.

Here are only four (out of a multitude) of examples:

In October 1997 the CSCE Digest (Vol.20 No.10, p.108) mentions James M. McCabe, a Jehovah's Witness and attorney with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, who made a presentation at the OSCE session in September of that year (the periodical can be viewed here).

In May 1999 the United Nations held a session on The Prevention of the Discrimination Against And The Protection Of Minorities, in Geneva, Switzerland, viewed here. Among the list of NGO representative observers are the "Association of Jehovah's Witnesses" and the "European Association of Jehovah's Witnesses for the Protection of Religious Freedom", and "Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia" (listed in #10 in the document ). These observers did more than merely observe, as they also actively participated in the actual discussions as well (#29 in the document).You can also see the Watchtower listed for the same event here (paragraph four).

Later that same year, in October, the Watchtower Society attended the Joint Standing Committee On Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in Sydney, Australia, as viewed here. On page 4 of the document Donald MacLean, (director of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in Australia), and Vincent Joseph Toole (Legal Officer of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia) were listed as the Watchtower Society's representative on the list of witnesses to the session on page . MacLean is even mentioned as an active participator in the session as shown in pages 61-78.

In October 2000 the NGO known as the "Administrative Center for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia" was listed among the participants who "have all valued the Human Dimension meetings, throughout the years and in their various formats, in the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings" in association with the UN's OSCE department, viewed here. (Underline ours)

 

NGO CRITERIA

So now the next question is: Did the Watchtower Society do something wrong by registering as an NGO in association with the United Nations in 1991 and exercising their privileges as such? Let the facts speak for themselves:

Keep in mind that the Watchtower Society regards the United Nations as the Wild Beast of Revelation that is in direct defiance of God (underline ours):

The Watchtower, September 15 (2005) p.19 para.14
We are not duped into thinking that any man-made agency like the United Nations is God’s means of bringing true peace and security. So, then, should not our way of life demonstrate our conviction that “the great day of Jehovah is near”?

The Watchtower, November 15 (2001) p.19 para.14
Anointed Christians are like alien residents living in tents apart from this system of things. Not even a plague draws near their tent. Whether our hope is heavenly or earthly, we are no part of the world, and we are not infected by such spiritually deadly plagues as its immorality, materialism, false religion, and worship of the “wild beast” and its “image” the United Nations.

Awake! July 8 (1996) p.24
What is to happen to the UN? Revelation chapter 17 depicts the UN (and its short-lived predecessor, the League of Nations) as a scarlet-colored wild beast that “is to go off into destruction.” (Revelation 17:8) Jehovah’s source of true peace is not any imperfect human agency, no matter how sincere its adherents may be. True peace will come through God’s promised Kingdom, in the hands of the resurrected Christ Jesus in the heavens.

Awake! December 8 (1990) p.24
“Human governments have schemed to form the most brazen and defiant conspiracy against divine rule that has ever existed. (Compare Isaiah 8:11-13.) They have done so, not once, but twice, creating first the League of Nations and then the United Nations.”

The Watchtower, September 1 (1987) p.20
“The United Nations is actually a worldly confederacy against Jehovah God and his dedicated Witnesses on earth.”

Awake! October 22 (1985) pp.10-11
Through personal study of the Bible, Jehovah’s Witnesses know that only God’s Kingdom can bring true and lasting peace to this earth and that the time is very near for God’s Kingdom to take action. (Luke 21:31-33; Revelation 16:14, 16) ‘What action?’ you may ask. The destruction of those who are willfully ruining the earth. (Revelation 11:18) This includes the crushing of all divisive political elements. (Daniel 2:44) Thus Jehovah’s Witnesses reject as inadequate Satan’s counterfeit solution—the UN.

Although the Watchtower Society tries to allude to a change of unacceptable criteria for NGOs in association with the United Nations, the facts show that the unacceptable criteria had actually been in place since at least 1968 -- long before the Watchtower Society applied for registration in 1991. We know this because Resolution 1296, drafted on May 23, 1968 states, in part (you can view the entire Resolution 1296 here) (Underline ours):

(PART 1)

The following principles shall be applied in establishing consultative relations with non-governmental organizations

1. The organization shall be concerned with matters falling within the competence of the Economic and Social Council with respect to international economic, social, cultural, educational, health, scientific, technological and related matters and to questions of human rights.

2. The aims and purposes of the organization shall be in conformity with the spirit, purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

3. The organization shall undertake to support the work of the United Nations and to promote knowledge of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the nature and scope of its competence and activities.

Note that the criteria requires that an accepted NGO must be "in conformity with the spirit, purposes, and principles of the Charter of the United Nations" and "shall undertake to support the work of the United Nations and to promote knowledge of its principles and activities" For this to mean something, we must first see what is in the Charter of the United Nations that an NGO must be supportive of (the UN Charter can be accessed online here) (Underline ours):

Article 1

The Purposes of the United Nations are:

  1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
  2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
  3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
  4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

Article 2

The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.

  1. The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
  2. All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.
  3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
  4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
  5. All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action.
  6. The Organization shall ensure that states which are not Members of the United Nations act in accordance with these Principles so far as may be necessary for the maintenance of international peace and security.
  7. Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter VI

Some apologetics will state that this Resolution is only related to NGO's which were under the ECOSOC category, whereas the Watchtower Society was under the DPI category and thus this Resolution had no bearing on them. However, it is notable that the day after this Resolution was signed, another Resolution was ratified which shows Resolution 1296 also applied to NGO's in the DPI category. This was known as Resolution 1297, and reads as follows (underline ours):

The Department of Public Information and NGOs cooperate regularly. NGOs associated with DPI disseminate information about the UN to their membership, thereby building knowledge of and support for the Organization at the grassroots level. This dissemination includes:

  • Publicizing UN activities around the world on such issues as peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian affairs and international law;
  • Promoting UN observances and international years established by the General Assembly to focus world attention on important issues facing humanity.

In 1968, the Economic and Social Council, by Resolution 1297 (XLIV) of 27 May, called on DPI to associate NGOs, bearing in mind the letter and spirit of its Resolution 1296 (XLIV) of 23 May 1968, which stated that an NGO "...shall undertake to support the work of the United Nations and to promote knowledge of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the nature and scope of its competence and activities".

NGOs which enjoy consultative status with ECOSOC with strong public information programmes are granted association with DPI upon written request to the DPI/NGO Section. NGOs can be associated with DPI without having consultative status with ECOSOC.

You can view this document online directly from the United Nations site here.

In a nutshell, the principles and purposes of the United Nations is to establish global peace through human measures, and to establish that peace even if it means "removal of threats", "suppression of acts of aggression" and "give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes". This means nothing other than use of force to achieve the peace; this can lead to scuffles and fighting. Although the NGO is not a member of the United Nations, their requirement to support the ideals of the United Nations Charter means they must support these particular items.

MEANWHILE, in the Watchtower Society's teaching, not only is the United Nations a product of Satan and in defiance of God as shown above, but the Watchtower Society also commands that its members remain completely neutral in world affairs (note that some of these were published during their time of NGO membership):

The Watchtower, February 15 (1993) p.6
A Christian who lets himself be polarized along political lines is no longer politically neutral. Jesus laid down for his disciples the principle: “They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.” A Christian who disregards that requirement runs the danger of becoming aligned with “the rulers of this system of things, who are to come to nothing.”

The Watchtower, August 1 (1999) p.29
...Jehovah’s Witnesses are not involved in a war with anybody in the world. We’re not involved in the affairs of the world. We’re not involved in their wars, their politics. We are totally neutral.

The Watchtower, November 1 (1997) p.15 para.7
Jehovah’s Witnesses know that God’s Kingdom alone can bring real peace on earth. Being close observers of Bible prophecy, they are convinced that this prayer will soon be answered and that the Kingdom will shortly take charge of earth’s affairs. (Daniel 2:44) Their adherence to this Kingdom makes them neutral in the affairs of the governments of the world.
See also:

The Watchtower, August 15 (2008) p.6 para.14
Awake, January (2007) p.19
Awake! September (2006) p.3
The Watchtower, March 1 (2006) p.6
The Watchtower, January 1 (2005) p.6

And that friendship with the world is enmity with God (again, published during the time of NGO membership):

The Watchtower, April 15 (1996) p.12 para.7-8
(7)...The pope failed to heed James’ warning: “Adulteresses, do you not know that the friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world is constituting himself an enemy of God.”—James 4:4.

(8) What is the situation today? The papacy is still involved in politics, both through its clergy and through its laity representatives. Recent popes have put their stamp of approval on the United Nations by addressing that man-made counterfeit for world peace. A recent issue of L’Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, announced that seven new diplomats, “ambassadors to the Holy See,” presented their credentials to the “Holy Father.” Could we imagine Jesus and Peter being involved in such diplomatic exchanges? Jesus refused to be made king by the Jews and said that his Kingdom was not of this world.

The Watchtower, April 15 (1996) p.19 para.10
The disciple James stated that “friendship with the world is enmity with God,” and the apostle John said that “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” A true Christian, therefore, cannot compromise his devotion to God by being involved in Satan’s corrupt world of politics and power.

Awake! March 8 (1997) p.10
Just as the crime syndicates provide wealth and pseudo family systems, he plays the role of a benevolent master by providing people with riches, pleasures, and a feeling of togetherness. Although you may not realize it, you may have been taken in by his evil schemes. (Romans 1:28-32) The Bible tells us that “friendship with the world is enmity with God.” (James 4:4) It is not safe to cozy up to this world, which is under satanic influence.
See also:

The Watchtower, March 15 (2006) p.28 para.7

In fact, a Jehovah's Witness member isn't supposed to be a member of any political organization:

Published prior to NGO membership

The Watchtower, February 1 (1979) p.23 para.9
Today some Christians also work in government service. But since they are separate from the world, they do not join political parties, seek political office, or accept policy-making positions in political organizations.

The Watchtower, November 1 (1990) p.20-21 para.16
Today some Christians also work in government service. But since they are separate from the world, they do not join political parties, seek political office, or accept policy-making positions in political organizations.

Published during the time of NGO membership:

Require (1996 ) p.9 para.5
Other people look to political organizations to solve man’s problems. By doing this, they are rejecting God’s Kingdom. It is the only solution for our problems.—Daniel 2:44.


AN HONEST MISTAKE?

In some circles there is talk that the Watchtower Society didn't realize the full scope of what they were agreeing to when they registered as an NGO in association with the United Nations. Could this have been the case?

No.

To begin with, the first paragraph on the first page of the 1991 application form that the Watchtower Society had to use clearly states that an NGO associated with the DPI is required to submit annual proof of the organization's dissemination of information on UN activities and issues. (please click here to view entirety of the registration form):

Annual Requirement of NGOs
For those with vision problems, this states:
"Please note that the association of your Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the Department of Public Information (DPI) requires that you provide us with proof of your organization's non profit status and with an annual report on its activities related to United Nations issues".

Being that this is the first thing on the application form, the Watchtower Society had to know it was a requirement.

Beyond this, if you look again in Paul Hoeffel's letter of March 2004, (shown earlier on webpage, underline and emphasis ours), paragraph 3 states "please see below the paragraph included in all letters sent to NGOs approved for association in 1992", after which the letter clearly states that such NGOs at that time were required to be supportive of the UN Charter and disseminate information regarding UN programmes and activities. Since the Watchtower Society was approved for NGO association in 1992, they were among those who received this information.

On top of this, in this very same year, which was also the year the Watchtower Society's registration was accepted, the United Nations issued a Press Release. This press release would have been sent to each NGO associated with DPI because it contained important information which they needed to know. Please take note of the fourth and fifth paragraphs on page 1:



AND...on top of all that, we found that the UN's Department of Public Information mails NGO directories to all associated NGOs each year, and the first few pages of these annual directories always review the criteria for NGOs registered with the DPI. This criteria had remained unchanged throughout the entire time the Watchtower Society was registered with them. We were able to find such a directory for the 1997-1998 year and obtained scans that show this. Please click here to view this evidence.

The case is clear:
The Watchtower Society registered as an NGO with DPI in association with the United Nations under the same exact criteria that they deny having had knowledge of. This denial of theirs would require that they missed the first paragraph of their initial application, AND missed the 1992 mailing that all new NGOs received as Paul Hoeffel mentioned, AND missed the Press Release that same year, AND missed the recap of criteria in the annual directory for nine years straight. On top of all this, the fact that their membership never lapsed during the entire period shows they must have known the criteria, else the DPI would have disassociated them for non-compliance.

 

LIVING UP TO THE CRITERIA

Some die-hard Jehovah's Witness members will still question this conclusion and ask: Where is the proof that they regularly disseminated information on United Nations activities?

The proof is in the literature they printed during their time of membership. Below is a small sampling of the various articles they published which satisfied the UN/NGO criteria. Because we do not want to overstep the Fair Use of Copyright laws we will not publish whole articles, however you can view snippets of some of these articles here:

Awake! July 22 (2001) pp.3-5.................................................Helping Hands Are Everywhere
Awake! January 8 (2000) pp.20-21........................................"Mothers With AIDS Face A Dilemma"
Awake!:
December 8, (2000), pp. 3-9................................... Series of Articles
Awake! May 22 (1999) pp.4-9...............................................By the Sweat of Children
Awake! January 8 (1999) p.13................................................Rights Without Responsibilities?
Awake!: November 22, (1998), pp. 3-11 ............................. Series of Articles
Awake! February 8 (1997) pp.14-17......................................When Land Turns Into Desert
Awake!: April 22, (1996), pp. 4-7 ....................................... “Who Can Bring Lasting Peace?”
The Watchtower: October 1, (1995) pp. 3-5 ...................... “Fifty Years of Frustrated Efforts”
Awake! July 22 (1995) pp.4-8................................................Man's Fight Against Disasters
Awake! May 8 (1994) pp.4-8.................................................Efforts to Save the Children
Awake! February 22 (1993) pp.4-6........................................Children -- Assets or Liabilities?
Awake! December 8 (1992) p.3-7 .........................................Small series of articles
Awake!: September 8, (1991), pp. 3-4, 8-10 ....................... Small series of articles

Although this isn't a complete listing of all the United Nations-friendly articles that the Watchtower Society published during their time of NGO registration, this list shows that they did, indeed, fulfill the requirement to disseminate information regarding United Nations activities and programmes.

 

HYPOCRISY?

Because the Watchtower Society associated itself with, and became very involved with, an organization that they view as the "Wild Beast" and an ungodly product of Satan, many Jehovah's Witness members view the Watchtower Society as very hypocritical.

Is this a fair assessment?

First, let's consider what the Watchtower Society itself has said regarding involving oneself in ungodly associations. The Watchtower is very clear that anyone indicating support of an organisation that goes contrary to Bible principles disassociates themselves by their actions (Underline ours).

Organized to Accomplish Our Ministry (1983) p.151
Concerning those who renounce their Christian faith in his day, the apostle John wrote: "They went out from us, but they were not of our sort; for if they had been of our sort, they would have remained with us" (1 John 2:19). Also, a person might renounce his place in the Christian congregation by his actions, such as by becoming part of a secular organization the objective of which is contrary to the Bible and, hence, is under judgment by Jehovah God (compare Revelation 19:17-21; Isaiah 2:4). So if a person who is a Christian chooses to join those who are disapproved by God, it would be fitting for the congregation to acknowledge by a brief announcement that he has disassociated himself and is no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Such a person would be viewed in the same way as a disfellowshipped person.

And, the Watchtower Society has stated that support of the United Nations goes directly against their doctrine of strict neutrality (underline ours):

Awake! November 8 (1984) p.13
Interestingly, the resolution of this world conference of churches did not express recognition of God’s Kingdom as the only means to bring lasting life and peace. In fact, it did not even mention God’s Kingdom. Instead, the resolution followed the traditional position taken by Christendom’s churches in support of the United Nations organization and other human endeavors. It stated: “As further measures we urge: 1. The upholding and extension of the authority of the United Nations, international law and support to full implementation of the Helsinki agreement.” And, giving “guidelines for action by the churches,” it appealed to them to “support politicians and governments in plans to develop strategies for peace and systems of common security.”
How different was the position taken by Jesus Christ, who taught strict neutrality in worldly political affairs and instructed his disciples to look to God’s Kingdom as the only means of establishing lasting world peace! (John 17:14, 16; 18:36; Matthew 6:10; Revelation 21:3, 4) True Christians recognize the need for those who “would love life and see good days” to “seek peace and pursue it.” (1 Peter 3:10, 11) In doing this, they follow the Bible’s injunction: “As far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men.”—Romans 12:18.

AND.. the Watchtower Society condemned Christendom for being supportive of the United Nations:

The Watchtower, January 1 (1978) p.14 para.9
Christendom’s “works” have included her giving support to man-made schemes for peace, whereas Jesus taught true Christians to pray for God’s kingdom as the instrument for bringing peace to this earth. (Matt. 6:10) Catholic and Protestant leaders alike have hailed the United Nations as ‘man’s last hope for peace.’ At the same time they seek political favors by giving blessing and support to U.N. member nations that are arming for disaster at the staggering rate of $350 billion a year.

The Watchtower, November 1 (1972) p.656 para.10
Look at the League of Nations and the present-day United Nations, both of which Christendom introduced and promoted and keeps going today. Do those organizations stand for divine rulership by means of the Messianic kingdom of the heavens or stand for human rulership? What do the more than half of the members of the United Nations that do not profess to be Christian nations say in answer? They say: ‘No! The United Nations organization does not stand for divine rulership by means of a heavenly Messianic kingdom! It stands for human rulership of all the earth. We humans are going to rule it by our self-chosen forms of government.’ Logically, then, Christendom, by belonging to the United Nations, is for human (not divine) rulership.
See also:

The Watchtower, June 1 (1991) p.17, para.10-11

 

For a complete investigation into this matter you may be interested in reading the book "Jehovah's Witnesses and the United Nations -- How the Watchtower Society Fooled Millions" by Tami Dickerson. The book gives an in-depth look at the scandal by exposing all of the information which the Watchtower Society tried to cover up, including proof that the Watchtower Society continues to have a relationship with United Nations programmes today.