Aid, Emerging Economies and Global Policies
The United Nations and Global Public Goods: Historical Contributions and Future Challenges.
- Translation(s) of this article:
- Les Nations unies et les biens publics mondiaux : contributions historiques et défis à venir
This chapter explores the thesis that the United Nations’ (UN) most important contribution to the production of global public goods has been its role in creating the space and capacity to generate shared values. Starting with the UN Charter itself, the chapter traces the evolution of this contribution through different historical phases. It analyses the impact of globalisation on the role of the UN; in particular it identifies the quality of porousness as a product of globalisation which is critical to understanding the current challenges faced by the UN as well as central to the global public goods agenda.
Through this lens the author briefly reviews the evolution of the UN’s role in the fields of peace and security, human rights and development cooperation. He concludes by identifying eight levers for change that will determine the UN’s ability to contribute significantly to the global public goods: the generation of norms and shared values, the quality of leadership, improved governance, innovative financing, institutional realignment, the further consolidation of legal instruments, focus, and the power of networks.
Thematic keywords :civil society, governance, official development assistance (ODA), international cooperation, emerging economies, financial globalisation, aid effectiveness, Millennium Development Goals, funding mechanisms, global public goods, global public policies, foreign policy, private aid, public private partnership (PPP)
Institutional keywords :United Nations (UN)
Bruce Jenks, « The United Nations and Global Public Goods: Historical Contributions and Future Challenges. », International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement [Online], 3 | 2012, Online since 27 March 2012, connection on 21 May 2013. URL : http://poldev.revues.org/991 ; DOI : 10.4000/poldev.991Top of page
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