| About The Book Reinventing The United Nations
Established after World War II, the United Nations strives to save successive generations from the scourge of war. This vital world body has undoubtedly succeeded in resolving many conflicts through its political and peacekeeping missions, and nurtured peace through its development support, though not always with the efficiency and effectiveness expected of it. The world is vastly different today from the days when the United Nations was set up. The challenges that the United Nations faces in the 21st century are much more complex and deadly than they were 60 years ago. Reforming and reinventing the United Nations should therefore be a matter of great interest to the international community.
To tackle the challenges ahead, the United Nations needs to re-engineer its organizational arrangements, reorient its processes, revamp its decision-making systems, and reform its human resource and financial management to get the best results from them. This book suggests measures for restructuring the Security Council, rationalizing the constituent systems of the General Assembly, the ECOSOC and the Secretariat, and strengthening the peacekeeping, corruption control and accountability mechanisms.
The book is a collaborative endeavour, involving contributions from international authority figures in areas such as peace and security, development assistance, resource management, leadership and ethics. The vision projected by them on the major issues inscribed on the United Nations agenda is meant to encourage fresh thinking on the part of opinion leaders, diplomats, academics, experts in foreign affairs and UN staff, so that this intergovernmental institution could be effectively geared to respond to the emerging challenges of the 21st century.
Reinventing the United Nations would be of interest to the public and particularly the postgraduate students of political science, international law, and international relations, as well as diplomats, public affairs professionals and social science scholars at various levels.
Table of Contents:
Section I: Introduction
Chapter 1 Reinventing the United Nations
Section II: Peace and Security
Chapter 2 The Great Powers and the Security Council
Chapter 3 Security Council Reform: An Alternative Approach
Chapter 4 Keeping and Building Peace: An Evolving UN Function
Chapter 5 Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Disarmament
Chapter 6 Reform of the General Assembly
Chapter 7 Strengthening the International Rule of Law
Chapter 8 Elections and the United Nations
Section III: Economic and Social Field
Chapter 9 Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
Chapter 10 Rationalization of UN Functions and Staffing: Economic and Social Field
Chapter 11 Responsibility to Protect: The Foundations of Global Environmental Governance
Chapter 12 Global Human Rights Agenda: Emerging Issues
Chapter 13 Sustainable Poverty Eradication
Chapter 14 Water and Sanitation
Chapter 15 The United Nations and Education for All
Chapter 16 Humanitarian Response System: Strategic Issues
Section IV: Governance and Management of the United Nations
Chapter 17 Secretary General: Leadership and Accountability
Chapter 18 Financing of the United Nations
Chapter 19 Corruption and Indiscipline in the United Nations
Chapter 20 Governance and Good Governance
Chapter 21 Reform of the United Nations
Chapter 22 UN System of Agencies: Myth or Reality?
Chapter 23 Defining the United States Relationship with the United Nations in the 21st Century
Section V: The Next Steps
Chapter 24 Going Forward
Annexure 1 Contributors
Annexure 2 Charter of the United Nations
Annexure 3 In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for AllExecutive Summary
Annexure 4 In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for AllRelevant Paragraphs Concerning Security Council Reform