Transforming the United Nations System

Designs for a Workable World

Author: Joseph E. Schwartzberg

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9280871994

Category: Political Science

Page: 404

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Global problems require global solutions. The United Nations as presently constituted, however, is incapable of addressing many global problems effectively. One nation– one vote decisionmaking in most UN agencies fails to reflect the distribution of power in the world at large, while the allocation of power in the Security Council is both unfair and anachronistic. Hence, nations are reluctant to endow the United Nations with the authority and the resources it needs. Extensive reform is essential. This analysis is rooted in the proposition that the design of decisionmaking systems greatly affects their legitimacy and effectiveness. Joseph Schwartzberg proposes numerous systemic improvements to the UN system, largely through weighted voting formulas that balance the needs of shareholders and stakeholders in diverse agencies. It indicates ways in which the interests of regions can supplement those of nations while voices of nongovernmental organizations and ordinary citizens can also be heard. In numerous contexts, it promotes meritocracy and gender equity. The book's aim is not to create an unrealistic utopia, but rather to establish a workable world in which the force of law supplants the law of force; a world committed to justice and continuous yet sustainable development. The author argues that, given the many existential threats now confronting our planet, the time frame for decisive action is short. The task is daunting and success is not guaranteed, but in view of the urgency of our situation, we can find ways of mustering the will, imagination, and resources to do the job.
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A United Nations Renaissance

What the UN is, and what it could be

Author: John Trent,Laura Schnurr

Publisher: Verlag Barbara Budrich

ISBN: 3847408607

Category: Political Science

Page: 166

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This short introduction to the United Nations analyzes the organization as itis today, and how it can be transformed to respond to its critics. Combiningessential information about its history and workings with practical proposalsof how it can be strengthened, Trent and Schnurr examine what needs to bedone, and also how we can actually move toward the required reforms. Thisbook is written for a new generation of change-makers — a generation seekingbetter institutions that reflect the realities of the 21st century and that can actcollectively in the interest of all.
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International Political Psychology

Explorations into a New Discipline

Author: Anna Cornelia Beyer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137377798

Category: Political Science

Page: 207

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This book intends to harvest insights from the discipline of Psychology, in its broad understanding, for application to International Relations. Although Psychology offers an abundance of theories that are useful for this purpose, they have so far remained largely untapped. In chapters on conflict, hegemony, terrorism, mental health, global consciousness, and peace proposals, Byer provides a synthesis of these two complimentary disciplines. This innovative volume presents the first contribution to the new discipline of International Political Psychology.
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Historical Dictionary of the United Nations

Author: Jacques Fomerand

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538109719

Category: Political Science

Page: 848

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This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the United Nations contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries.
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Tenencia de la tierra y desarrollo rural

Author: N.A

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.

ISBN: 9789253048465

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 66

View: 3803

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Esta guia ha sido preparada para que el lector se familiarice con los asuntos claves de la tenencia de la tierra, especialmente cuando dichos asuntos se relacionan con la inseguridad alimentaria y con el desarrollo rural. Muchas veces las cuestiones de tenencia de la tierra son ignoradas en las intervenciones de desarrollo rural, y ello suele tener efectos duraderos muy negativos."
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