The United Nations and Changing World Politics

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Westview Press, 2007 - Political Science - 416 pages
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With updates throughout, this newly revised fifth edition serves as the definitive text for courses dealing with the United Nations. Built around three critical themes in international relations-international peace and security, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and building peace through sustainable development-The United Nations and Changing World Politics, fifth edition, guides students through the complexity of politics and history of the UN. Students of all levels will learn what the UN is, how it operates, and what its relationships are with the universe of external actors and institutions, from sovereign states to the plethora of nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations now playing important roles in world politics. This new edition is fully revised to take into account recent events, including the aftermath of September 11th and the war on terrorism, the war in Iraq, the first deliberations of the International Criminal Court, and the largest-ever world summit on the occasion of the UN’s sixtieth anniversary.

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Political Challenges
The World Summit 2005
Strengthening the Secretariat
Explaining Change
The United Nations Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
The United Nations and Applying Human Rights Standards
Change the United Nations and Human Rights
Nonstate Actors

UN Security Efforts During the Cold War
UN Security Operations After the Cold War
Moving Toward the Next Generation
Kosovo East Timor and Sierra Leone
The Challenges of the TwentyFirst Century
UN Organizations and Norms
The UN Development and Globalization
The United Nations System
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Page 386 - Article 56 All Members pledge themselves to take joint and separate action in cooperation with the Organization for the achievement of the purposes set forth in Article 55 Article 57 1.
Page 397 - Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
Page 381 - In order to ensure prompt and effective action by the United Nations, its Members confer on the Security Council primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and agree that in carrying out its duties under this responsibility the Security Council acts on their behalf.
Page 378 - To achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and 4. To be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
Page 386 - With a view to the creation of conditions of stability and well-being which are necessary for peaceful and friendly relations among nations...
Page 389 - Article^ and e) to transmit regularly to the Secretary-General for information purposes, subject to such limitation as security and constitutional considerations may require, statistical and other information of a technical nature relating to economic, social, and educational conditions...

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About the author (2007)

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he is also one of the directors of the UN Intellectual History Project and one of the editors of Global Governance. David P. Forsythe is professor and chairman in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Roger A. Coate is professor of government and international studies at the University of South Carolina. Kelly-Kate Pease is associate professor and director of International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis. She is author of International Organizations: Perspectives on Governance in the 21st Century (2002) and has published several articles and book chapters on human rights, humanitarian intervention, humanitarian assistance, and foreign policy.

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