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Democracy at the United Nations

UN Reform in the Age of Globalisation


Edited By Giovanni Finizio and Ernesto Gallo

What role should the United Nations play in a globalising world? How can it support and embody international democracy? The decline of state sovereignty, an effect of globalisation, is bringing about a crisis both in politics, as a tool to pursue the common good, and in democracy, as the key instrument by which we can control our destinies. The UN, the only organisation with broad political goals and worldwide jurisdiction, has the potential to manage globalisation democratically and promote the common good of humanity. However, it is still controlled by nation states and operates according to power relations typical of the pre-globalisation era. UN reform is therefore crucial, today more than ever.
This book examines two areas of reform: first, the creation of a democratic assembly in which world citizens are represented, in order to adapt democracy to meet the challenges of globalisation; and second, the strengthening of the Security Council through democratisation and regionalisation, in order to ensure world security, whose characteristics have evolved significantly in the global age. The contributors come from a wide variety of different backgrounds, including political science, sociology, economics, law, philosophy and history, providing a multifaceted and multidisciplinary debate on this important topic.


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ABM Anti-Ballistic Missile ACP Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific ACUNS Academic Council of the United Nations System ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEM Asia-Europe Meeting AU African Union BIS Bank for International Settlements BRIC Brazil, Russia, India, China CAMDUN Conference for a More Democratic United Nations CARICOM Caribbean Community and Common Market CEMAC Communauté Économique des États d’Afrique Centrale CFSP Common Foreign and Security Policy CIS Commonwealth of Independent States ECCAS Economic Community of Central African States ECOMOG Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group ECOSOC Economic and Social Council ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States EP European Parliament ESS European Security Strategy EU European Union FAO Food and Agriculture Organization FTAA Free Trade Agreement of the Americas G4 Group of 4 GAOR General Assembly Official Records GH General Headquarters GPA Global Parliamentary Assembly HIPC Heavily Indebted Poor Countries IAAC Independent Audit Advisory Committee ICC International Criminal Court Democracy at the United Nations. UN Reform in the Age of Globalisation 10 ICISS International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty ICJ International Court of Justice ICTR International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ICTY International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ILO International Labour Organization IMF International Monetary Fund IOs International Organizations IR International Relations IT Information Technologies ITU International Telecommunication Union JIU Joint Inspection Unit LAS League of Arab States MAI Multilateral Agreement on Investment MERCOSUR Mercado Común del Sur MST Landless Peasants Movement NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization NEPAD New...

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