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UN Voices : The Struggle for Development and Social Justice

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"The authors have cajoled, intrigued, or reassured their 73 `voices' into telling a fascinating story of the UN and its institutions, which is also a story of 73 individual lives, of women and men... with their own complicated histories of emigration and education, family relationships and professional choices, hopes and successes." -from the Foreword by Emma Rothschild"Far from being a distant bureaucracy, the UN is composed of individuals who are reshaped by vital experiences. UN Voices gives international civil servants human faces and shows how ideas drive the grand experiment. It is a fascinating book." -Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.UN Voices presents the human and moving stories of an extraordinary group of individuals who contributed to the economic and social record of the UN's life and activities. Drawing from extensive interviews, the book presents in their own words the experiences of 73 individuals from around the globe who have spent much of their professional lives engaged in United Nations affairs. We hear from secretaries-general and presidents, ministers and professors, social workers and field workers, as well as diplomats and executive heads of UN agencies. Among those interviewed are noted figures such as Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Alister McIntyre, Conor Cruise O'Brien, Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Kurt Waldheim, as well as many less well known UN professional men and women who have made significant contributions to the international struggle for a better world. Their personal accounts also engage their contributions in dealing with such events and issues as the UN's founding, decolonization, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, human rights, the environment, and September 11, 2001.show more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 816.46g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253217881
  • 9780253217882
  • 1,300,935

About Thomas G. Weiss

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of its Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.Tatiana Carayannis is Research Manager of the United Nations Intellectual History Project.Louis Emmerij is Senior Research Fellow at The CUNY Graduate Center's Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.Richard Jolly is Senior Research Fellow at The CUNY Graduate Center's Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex.show more

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"The authors have cajoled, intrigued, or reassured their 73 'voices' into telling a fascinating story of the UN and its institutions, which is also a story of 73 individual lives, of women and men ... with their own complicated histories of emigration and education, family relationships and professional choices, hopes and successes." --from the Foreword by Emma Rothschild "Far from being a distant bureaucracy, the UN is composed of individuals who are reshaped by vital experiences. UN Voices gives international civil servants human faces and shows how ideas drive the grand experiment. It is a fascinating book." --Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.show more

Table of contents

ContentsForewordAcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart One. Individuals Make a Difference1. Growing UpThe Great Depression and the Demise of the League of Nations * World War II * Faith and Family Matters2. Formal EducationEducation at Home * Studying Abroad3. Serendipity and International CareersMentors Opening Doors * Advanced Studies as a Gateway * Post-University Homecomings * Starting Out in Teaching and Research * Beginning in National Public Service * Juggling Family and Professional LifePart Two. Hope, Creativity, and Frustration4. From 1945 through the 1950s: Hope Held HighThe Establishment of the United Nations * The Universal Declaration of Human Rights * The Marshall Plan * The Cold War * McCarthyism * Decolonization and the Non-Aligned Movement * The UN Regional Commissions5. The 1960s: Widening Development AvenuesThe First Development Decade * UNCTAD and the Group of 77 * Technical Cooperation: The Road to the UNDP * Influence of the Major Powers6. The 1970s: Creativity Confronts GeopoliticsThe Environment and Sustainability * Oil Shocks and the NIEO * Transnational Corporations * The Least Developed Countries * Basic Needs and Redistribution * Women and Gender7. The 1980s: Development FrustratedDeath of the North-South "Dialogue" * The Debt Crisis and Adjustment: A Lost Decade * The Washington "Consensus" * The End of the Cold War and the Socialist Model8. The 1990s and the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: Renaissance and Reform?Globalization * Human Development * Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect * Global Governance and the Millennium Development GoalsPart Three. The World Organization, Ideas, and Twenty-First-Century Challenges9. A Revolutionary Idea: The International Civil ServiceGood Old Days? * Cold War Diversions * Geographical Representation * Women at the UN * Organizational Culture * Reform Difficulties10. The Power of Ideas and People inside the UNLeadership * The Secretaries-General * Tensions in the System * Country Groups and International Negotiations11. Blending Outside Intellectual EnergiesOutside Academics and Consultants * Independent Commissions of Eminent Persons * Nongovernmental Organizations and the Private Sector * Global Conferences12. The Legacy and Future Intellectual ChallengesIdeas Change International Discourse * Ideas Redefine State and Nonstate Interests and Goals * Ideas Facilitate New Coalitions * Ideas Become Embedded in Institutions * The UN's Future Intellectual ChallengesAnnex 1. Biographical Notes of Persons InterviewedAnnex 2. A Methodological Note: Making This Oral HistoryNotesIndex of Persons InterviewedIndex of SubjectsAbout the AuthorsAbout the United Nations Intellectual History Projectshow more

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