Quantifying the World

UN Ideas and Statistics

Author: Michael Ward

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253110848

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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Good data, Michael Ward argues, serve to enhance a perception about life as well as to deepen an understanding of reality. This history of the UN's role in fostering international statistics in the postwar period demonstrates how statistics have shaped our understanding of the world. Drawing on well over 40 years of experience working as a statistician and economist in more than two dozen countries around the world, Ward traces the evolution of statistical ideas and how they have responded to the needs of policy while unraveling the question of why certain data were considered important and why other data and concerns were not. The book explores the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of the UN's statistical work and how each dimension has provided opportunities for describing the well-being of the world community. Quantifying the World also reveals some of the missed opportunities for pursuing alternative models.
Posted in Political Science

The United Nations as a Knowledge System

Author: Nanette Svenson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131735432X

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

View: 6222

This book seeks to explore how the UN has generated, warehoused, disseminated, structured, packaged, expanded, transferred and leveraged its vast resources of accumulated information and experience throughout the decades and, particularly, since the start of the 21st century with the introduction of more connective information and communications technology. It examines the overarching objectives that have guided such activity and divides UN knowledge management into three distinct, but often overlapping and intertwining, categories: knowledge for social and organizational learning; knowledge for norm setting; and knowledge for creation of products and services. Svenson brings together these multiple aspects of UN knowledge management to present a holistic view of how the organization utilizes its global intelligence to educate, advocate and serve member countries’ development. Instead of looking at the UN as an international bureaucracy or as a peacekeeping, policymaking, humanitarian or development entity, this work studies the UN as a generator and purveyor of information, learning and experience in all of these areas. This book will be key reading for all students and scholars of international organizations.
Posted in Political Science

Palaces of Hope

The Anthropology of Global Organizations

Author: Ronald Niezen,Maria Sapignoli

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107127491

Category: Law

Page: 350

View: 3266

This book assembles a range of work by researchers who have entered the social worlds of global organizations.
Posted in Law

UN Ideas That Changed the World

Author: Richard Jolly,Louis Emmerij,Thomas G. Weiss

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253003377

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 5871

Ideas and concepts have been a driving force in human progress, and they may be the most important legacy of the United Nations. UN ideas have set past, present, and future international agendas in many global economic and social arenas and have also led to initiatives and actions that have improved the quality of human life. This capstone volume draws upon findings of the other 14 books in the acclaimed United Nations Intellectual History Project Series. The authors not only assess the development and implementation of UN ideas regarding sustainable economic development and human security, but also apply lessons learned to suggest ways in which the United Nations can play a fuller role in confronting the challenges of human survival with dignity in the 21st century.
Posted in Political Science

Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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Posted in Academic libraries

Preventive diplomacy at the UN

Author: B. G. Ramcharan

Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780253219831

Category: Law

Page: 266

View: 8865

The concept, practice, and achievements of preventive diplomacy at the UN
Posted in Law

Argumentation and Advocacy

The Journal of the American Forensic Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Forensics (Public speaking)

Page: N.A

View: 2638

Posted in Forensics (Public speaking)

Human Rights at the UN

The Political History of Universal Justice

Author: Roger Normand,Sarah Zaidi

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253000114

Category: Political Science

Page: 528

View: 632

Human rights activists Roger Normand and Sarah Zaidi provide a broad political history of the emergence and development of the human rights movement in the 20th century through the crucible of the United Nations, focusing on the hopes and expectations, concrete power struggles, national rivalries, and bureaucratic politics that molded the international system of human rights law. The book emphasizes the period before and after the creation of the UN, when human rights ideas and proposals were shaped and transformed by the hard-edged realities of power politics and bureaucratic imperatives. It also analyzes the expansion of the human rights framework in response to demands for equitable development after decolonization and organized efforts by women, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups to secure international recognition of their rights.
Posted in Political Science

The UN and transnational corporations

from code of conduct to global compact

Author: Tagi Sagafi-nejad,John H. Dunning

Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780253352125

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 284

View: 8250

Examines the history of UN involvement with transnational corporations and foreign direct investment
Posted in Business & Economics

Development without destruction

the UN and global resource management

Author: Nico Schrijver,James Crawford,Supachai Panitchpakdi

Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 302

View: 2065

Since 1945, the UN has been actively engaged in conceptualizing strategies for both economic development and a sustainable environment. From a broad historical perspective, Development without Destruction sketches the role played by organizations and individuals in the UN system in developing and consolidating principles of international law and international governance with respect to natural resource management. The book highlights the UN's efforts to generate and implement strategies to resolve tensions between economic development and environmental protection, conservation and exploitation, sovereignty and internationalism, and armed conflict and peaceful access to natural resources. Nico Schrijver's thorough analysis is an indispensable guide to management of the critical environmental issues on today's global agenda.
Posted in Business & Economics

The UN and development

from aid to cooperation

Author: Olav Stokke

Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 721

View: 6811

The UN's role in international development from the 1940s to the present
Posted in Business & Economics

Human rights at the UN

the political history of universal justice

Author: Roger Normand,Sarah Zaidi

Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780253349354

Category: Political Science

Page: 486

View: 3436

Human rights activists Roger Normand and Sarah Zaidi provide a broad political history of the emergence and development of the human rights movement in the 20th century through the crucible of the United Nations, focusing on the hopes and expectations, concrete power struggles, national rivalries, and bureaucratic politics that moulded the international system of human rights law. The book emphasizes the period before and after the creation of the UN, when human rights ideas and proposals were shaped and transformed by the hard-edged realities of power politics and bureaucratic imperatives. It also analyzes the expansion of the human rights framework in response to demands for equitable development after decolonization and organized efforts by women, minorities, and other disadvantaged groups to secure international recognition of their rights.
Posted in Political Science

Human Security and the UN

A Critical History

Author: S. Neil MacFarlane,Yuen Foong Khong

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253111999

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 8388

How did the individual human being become the focus of the contemporary discourse on security? What was the role of the United Nations in "securing" the individual? What are the payoffs and costs of this extension of the concept? Neil MacFarlane and Yuen Foong Khong tackle these questions by analyzing historical and contemporary debates about what is to be secured. From Westphalia through the 19th century, the state's claim to be the object of security was sustainable because it offered its subjects some measure of protection. The state's ability to provide security for its citizens came under heavy strain in the 20th century as a result of technological, strategic, and ideological innovations. By the end of World War II, efforts to reclaim the security rights of individuals gathered pace, as seen in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a host of United Nations covenants and conventions. MacFarlane and Khong highlight the UN's work in promoting human security ideas since the 1940s, giving special emphasis to its role in extending the notion of security to include development, economic, environmental, and other issues in the 1990s.
Posted in Political Science

Women, Development, and the UN

A Sixty-Year Quest for Equality and Justice

Author: Devaki Jain

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253111845

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 5125

"Devaki Jain opens the doors of the United Nations and shows how it has changed the female half of the world -- and vice versa. Women, Development, and the UN is a book that every global citizen, government leader, journalist, academic, and self-respecting woman should read." -- Gloria Steinem "Devaki Jain's book nurtures your optimism in this terrible war-torn decade by describing how women succeeded in empowering both themselves and the United Nations to work toward a global leadership inspired by human dignity." -- Fatema Mernissi In Women, Development, and the UN, internationally noted development economist and activist Devaki Jain traces the ways in which women have enriched the work of the United Nations from the time of its founding in 1945. Synthesizing insights from the extensive literature on women and development and from her own broad experience, Jain reviews the evolution of the UN's programs aimed at benefiting the women of developing nations and the impact of women's ideas about rights, equality, and social justice on UN thinking and practice regarding development. Jain presents this history from the perspective of the southern hemisphere, which recognizes that development issues often look different when viewed from the standpoint of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The book highlights the contributions of the four global women's conferences in Mexico City, Copenhagen, Nairobi, and Beijing in raising awareness, building confidence, spreading ideas, and creating alliances. The history that Jain chronicles reveals both the achievements of committed networks of women in partnership with the UN and the urgent work remaining to bring equality and justice to the world and its women.
Posted in Political Science

The Seductions of Quantification

Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking

Author: Sally Engle Merry

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022626131X

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 5735

We live in a world where seemingly everything can be measured. We rely on indicators to translate social phenomena into simple, quantified terms, which in turn can be used to guide individuals, organizations, and governments in establishing policy. Yet counting things requires finding a way to make them comparable. And in the process of translating the confusion of social life into neat categories, we inevitably strip it of context and meaning—and risk hiding or distorting as much as we reveal. With The Seductions of Quantification, leading legal anthropologist Sally Engle Merry investigates the techniques by which information is gathered and analyzed in the production of global indicators on human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking. Although such numbers convey an aura of objective truth and scientific validity, Merry argues persuasively that measurement systems constitute a form of power by incorporating theories about social change in their design but rarely explicitly acknowledging them. For instance, the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks countries in terms of their compliance with antitrafficking activities, assumes that prosecuting traffickers as criminals is an effective corrective strategy—overlooking cultures where women and children are frequently sold by their own families. As Merry shows, indicators are indeed seductive in their promise of providing concrete knowledge about how the world works, but they are implemented most successfully when paired with context-rich qualitative accounts grounded in local knowledge.
Posted in Social Science

The British National Bibliography

Author: Arthur James Wells

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English literature

Page: N.A

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Posted in English literature

Unity and Diversity in Development Ideas

Perspectives from the UN Regional Commissions

Author: Yves Berthelot

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253110893

Category: Political Science

Page: 472

View: 3145

This second volume from the United Nations Intellectual History Project surveys the history of the UN's regional commissions and the ideas they have developed over the last 40 years. Each essay is devoted to one of the five regional commissions -- Europe, Asia and the Far East, Latin America, Africa, and Western Asia -- and how it has approached its mission of assessing the condition of regional economies and making prognoses about future conditions. The essays describe how each commission has added local perspectives to global debates over economic development and brought an authentic regional voice to the UN. Contributors are Adebayo Adedeji, Yves Berthelot, Leelananda de Silva, Blandine Destremau, Paul Rayment, and Gert Rosenthal.
Posted in Political Science

UN Voices

The Struggle for Development and Social Justice

Author: Thomas George Weiss,Tatiana Carayannis,Louis Emmerij,Richard Jolly

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253217882

Category: Law

Page: 520

View: 7774

Interviewed by the authors, Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and 71 other UN professionals speak about international cooperation and the ideas that have shaped the accomplishments of the UN.
Posted in Law