In the 21st century, the world is faced with threats of global scale that cannot be confronted without collective action. Although global government as such does not exist, formal and informal institutions, practices, and initiatives—together forming "global governance"—bring a greater measure of predictability, stability, and order to trans-border issues than might be expected. Yet, there are significant gaps between many current global problems and available solutions. Thomas G. Weiss and Ramesh Thakur analyze the UN's role in addressing such knowledge, normative, policy, institutional, and compliance lapses. The UN's relationship to these five global governance gaps is explored through case studies of some of the most burning problems of our age, including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, humanitarian crises, development aid, climate change, human rights, and HIV/AIDS.
List of Boxes, Tables, and Figures
Series Editors' Foreword Louis Emmerij, Richard Jolly, and Thomas G. Weiss
Foreword John Gerard Ruggie
Introduction: The Problématique of Global Governance
1. Tracing the Origins of an Idea and the UN's Contribution
Part 1. International Security
2. The Use of Force: War, Collective Security, and Peace Operations
3. Arms Control and Disarmament
Part 2. Development
5. Trade, Aid, and Finance
6. Sustainable Development
7. Saving the Environment: The Ozone Layer and Climate Change
Part 3. Human Rights
8. Generations of Rights
9. Protecting against Pandemics
10. The Responsibility to Protect
About the Authors
About the United Nations Intellectual History Project
An intriguing and meaty analysis of the world's collective problem-solving arrangements. . . . Tom Weiss and Ramesh Thakur are the doyens of contemporary scholarship in this field, and there could be no more credible or lucid guides through these complex and important issues.
International Crisis Center, Brussels
Every student of global governance, and every course on global governance, needs to have a coherent understanding of the existing UN system and its relationship to the rest of world governance, both as it now exists and as we can imagine it can be. This is simply the best book available for that purpose.
Never has a serious book on the United Nations and global governance been timelier.
John Gerard Ruggie
Harvard University Law School
Global Governance and the UN will satisfy those who seek a serious grappling with the ethical aspects of international action to address the world’s most pressing challenges. The book argues that the UN’s evolution is an “unfinished journey”: . . . global governance will continue to evolve, with the UN at the center, in the wake of each global crisis. dec 2011
Ethics and International Affairs
Weiss and Thakur have managed to perform the difficult trick of producing a work that can function as textbook, scholarly reference, policy guide, and popular reading. . . . Recommended.