The United Nations "work for" world peace?

EdisonBhola

Senior Member
Korean
On my son's worksheet is a sentence which I think is wrong:

The United Nations work for world peace.

Shouldn't it be "work towards" world peace?
We "work for" our bosses. How can the UN work for world peace, unless "world peace" is an employer?
 
  • JustKate

    Moderate Mod
    I agree with Rover that for is fine (so is towards, for that matter), but I'd just like to point out in case it's of use to you, EdisonBhola, that in AmE, we would treat United Nations as a singular collective, so we'd say "The United Nations works for world peace."
     

    Mahantongo

    Senior Member
    English (U.S.)
    "Work for X" can certainly mean "do things that have the achievement of X as their goal."

    Thus, in his Message for the World Day of Peace in 1972, Pope Paul VI said "If you want peace, work for justice." In a similar way, the World Council of Churches this past June asked members to give thanks for those "who worked for an end to apartheid and who continue to strive against racism in all its forms."
     
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