Agenda for Change: New Tasks for the United Nations by Klaus Hüfner (auth.), Klaus Hüfner (eds.)

By Klaus Hüfner (auth.), Klaus Hüfner (eds.)

The fiftieth anniversary of the United international locations agency is honored in 1995. The UN emerged on the finish of the main bloody struggle within the background of latest civilization and it truly is comprehensible that its founding fathers have been involved in the beginning with the necessity "to keep succeeding gen­ erations from the scourge of war." This nice old project of the recent foreign supplier was firm and designed by way of the allied powers that had gained the conflict opposed to the "enemy states." Cooperation of the perma­ nent participants of the UN safeguard Council used to be the fundamental section of the effi­ ciency of put up -war method of overseas peace and protection. except this major challenge, the founding fathers of the United countries declared their choice "to reaffirm religion in basic human rights, within the dignity and price of the human individual, within the equivalent rights of fellows and ladies and of countries huge and small, and to set up stipulations below which justice and admire for the responsibilities bobbing up from treaties and different assets of foreign legislation should be maintained, and to advertise social prog­ ress and higher criteria of lifestyles in greater freedom" (preamble, UN Charter).

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43 tors, Jimmy Carter onJy one of many, volunteer their services, as well. Thus today a reservoir of third parties stands ready to help combatants reach political settlements. The United Nations retains significant human assets in this reservoir of competence. Indeed, human resources for mediation at this juncture seem far to outstrip human resources for policing settlements supposedly reached. Much of today's challenge from local wars stretches beyond the reach of the functional approach. Peace-enforcement, peacekeeping, even peaceful settlement bear slight affinity to the processes dwelt on by David Mitrany.

Post Capitalist Society. New York: Harper Business, 1993,232 p. 3. Nationalism Globalization of economic, political and social relations in the contemporary world is accompanied by a process which might seem to be its very opposite: resurgence of nationalism. The break-up of the old empires and the intensification of strivings for independence are leading to the appearance of new nation-states and a profound rethinking of the meaning of national interest and "raison d' etat". The latter applies both to states which have timehonoured traditions of sovereignty and to those that have emerged either from the disintegration of the colonial system or the collapse of the Soviet empire.

In the technical order men are bound by things, or are themselves things ... " Redfield, Robert: The Primitive World and Its Transfonnations. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1953, p. 21. 47 accountability and diminution of the democratic deficit. 19 David Mitrany was a man for his time, even a man for his century. Now we must think anew. ; Urwick, L. (Ed): Dynamic Administration: The Collected Papers of Mary Parker Follett. , 1941, p. 229. 48 Madej Perczynski From Interdependence to Global Partnership: Megatrends in International Transformation 1.

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