The Architecture of World Governance
The UN Reform and the Alterglobalization Movement
Setting up an Arbitration Tribunal on Debt: An Alternative Solution?
Dialogs on Party Systems and Global Democratization
Rethinking Global Governance
For a Legitimate, Efficient, and Democratic Global Governance
Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
The Future of Global Governance
Structure of Global Governance: Explaining the Organizational Design of Global Rulemaking Institutions
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
Moving Toward a New World Governance
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
The Future of Democratic Sovereignty and Transnational Law
Kicking the Habit: The World Bank and the IMF Are Still Addicted to Attaching Economic-policy Conditions to Aid
Rio + ???
Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
Biocivilization for the Sustainability of Life and of the Planet - Workshop
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference Report
Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information
Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
Another System of International Relations
After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
Henceforth, the Keys to the Future are Responsibility, Solidarity, and Courage
The Right to Water as a Human Right
Extreme Poverty and World Governance
What Amazonia Does the World Need?
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Ever since it was established in the wake of World War II, the UN has asserted itself as one of the pillars of postwar world governance. It could even be said that at the institutional level, the United Nations constitutes the pillar of world governance: no other international organization comes anywhere near it in terms of size, legitimacy, and ambitions. Today, more than 60 years after it was set up, now that the long Cold War period is starting to become a distant memory and there is dire need to design a new geopolitical architecture, what role can the UN play? This question, both simple and complex, is at the core of debates on new world governance recurrently. In this short essay, we shall try to offer elements of an answer to it.
Our critique of the UN will necessarily include a measure of subjectivity, all the more so that the subject implies that we make a number of assumptions on the future, which, as we all know, remains to be written. In fact, the aim of this discussion paper is not so much to provide a definitive solution to the UN issue as to trigger a debate that we hope will be fruitful.
This essay comes with a file put together by Stéphanie Ah Tchou in the form of info sheets and interviews on specific UN-related subjects including its modus operandi and its financing. The info sheets are intended to give readers quick access to information and thinking on the United Nations and to provide links for them to deepen their knowledge (in French only for the moment) if they wish to do so.
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