Adapting the United Nations to a Postmodern Era: Lessons by W. Knight

By W. Knight

This quantity addresses the imperative subject of changing the United countries process in gentle of, first of all, the broadening definition of safeguard, secondly, a perceived shift from modernity to post-modernity; and eventually, the modern debate approximately reform, variation and institutional studying in multilateral associations in the course of transnational classes. The UN has now not been winning in studying applicable classes that can facilitate needful adjustments to its constitution and operations. therefore the authors during this learn concentrate on the teachings realized from the agencies' contemporary functionality in collective protection, preventative international relations, preventative deployment, peacekeeping, peacemaking, peace upkeep, and overseas criminal, environmental and alternate regulation.

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Lipschutz, ‘Reconstructing World Politics: The Emergence of Global Civil Society’, Millennium, vol. 21, no. 3 (1992); and P. Wapner, Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1996). P. Nelson, ‘Transnational NGO Networks in Global Governance: Promoting “Participation” at the World Bank’. Paper delivered at the 37th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, 16–21 April 1996; F. Quadir and T. Shaw, ‘Relations between Non- and Inter-governmental Organizations: Comparing the United Nations System and the World Bank’.

A ‘shopping mall’ model – stressing competition among suppliers and cooperation driven by functional need (that is, ‘coordination without hierarchy’) – would seem to be a far more appropriate model for engendering effective cooperation among the various groups involved in global governing. Requirements of Multilateral Governance 25 All of this cries out for new forms of international cooperation that focus on enhancing multilateral capacities – perhaps with the United Nations, or perhaps beyond it – for: establishing global norms and standards where appropriate; building consensuses regarding goals and priorities; responding to threats to human security; providing for the welfare of starving people, sick children and others who cannot provide for themselves; providing relevant models, training and making other nonmaterial resource transfers; promoting partnerships among widely differing elements of civil society; facilitating networking processes and serving as nodes and linking pins for exchange of information and other resources in our network society.

6 W. Andy Knight In light of the events in Kosovo, as well as the tragedy of East Timor and Rwanda, another difficult task confronts the ‘international community’ and the UN system. What can be done to arrest the massive violations of human rights we have witnessed in this past half-century? 5 This problem has become even more acute at this juncture, as Douglas Lee Donoho notes, because of the nature of transnational problems facing national governments. In his chapter on improving the capacity of the UN human rights system, Donoho argues that the time has come for a systematic assessment of the capacity of the international human rights machinery to enhance peace in a postmodern world.

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