UN Ideas That Changed the World

UN Ideas That Changed the World

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Ideas and concepts have been a driving force in human progress, and they may be the most important legacy of the United Nations. UN ideas have set past, present, and future international agendas in many global economic and social arenas and have also led to initiatives and actions that have improved the quality of human life. This capstone volume draws upon findings of the other 14 books in the acclaimed United Nations Intellectual History Project Series. The authors not only assess the development and implementation of UN ideas regarding sustainable economic development and human security, but also apply lessons learned to suggest ways in which the United Nations can play a fuller role in confronting the challenges of human survival with dignity in the 21st century.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253221188
  • 9780253221186
  • 622,631

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A telling account of ideas in action.May 27, 2010 * The New York Review of Books * As the book makes clear, the UN is important as a site-or as a sort of ecological environment-for not just the exercise of power but also the exercise of imagination.November/December 2009 * Foreign Affairs *show more

About Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly is Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Louis Emmerij is Senior Research Fellow at The CUNY Graduate Center.Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.show more

Table of contents

List of AbbreviationsList of Figures and Boxes Acknowledgments Foreword by [TBA]IntroductionI. UNIHP at a Glance1. Overview2. "Three UNs" and Their ImpactII. United Nations Ideas that Shaped the World3. Human Rights: From Aspiration to Implementation 4. Gender and Women's Rights: From Empowerment to Equality5. Development Policies: From National and Regional Perspectives to Beyond6. International Economic Relations: From National Interests to Global Solidarity 7. Development Ideologies: From Planning to Markets8. Social Development: From Sectoral to Integrated Perspectives9. Sustainability: From Protecting the Environment to Preserving Ecological Systems10. Peace and Human Security: From States to Individuals11. Human Development: From Narrower to Broader Horizons III. A Future for the UN and the Planet12. A Balance Sheet13. Challenges Ahead14. Strengthening Global GovernanceNotesIndexAbout the AuthorsAbout UNIHPshow more

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