The functioning of the UN cannot be said to be democratic in the following ways:
1. The five permanent members of the Security Council that are nuclear weapons states, have a disproportionate and unfair influence on decisions related to conflicts and other crucial issues due to their power of veto.
2. The richer countries often collaborate to protect their own interests ahead of larger global issues.
3. The General Assembly does not have the authority to take decisions related to conflict between two countries. Decisions taken by it are often overturned by the Security Council.
4. Countries like India, Brazil and Indonesia and African countries that have much larger population than some permanent members of the Security Council do not have roles that are proportional in importance