The post-2015 sustainable development goals and the changing environment for development cooperation requires a renewed and transformed UN system. In line with their increasing significance as economic powers, a growing number of emerging countries will play an expanded role in the UN system, which could take the form of growing financial contributions, greater presence in governance, higher staff representation, a stronger voice in development deliberations, and a greater overall influence on the development agenda.
Emerging Powers and the UN explores in depth the relationship of these countries on the world stage and their role in the future UN development system. Formally, the relationship is through representation as member states (first UN) and also UN staff (second UN). However, the importance of civil society and market actors (third UN) in emerging countries is also growing.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.
Introduction: emerging powers and the UN – what kind of development partnership? Thomas G. Weiss and Adriana Erthal Abdenur
Part I – Inequalities And Multilateralism: Revisiting The North-South Axis
1. Assessing the G77: 50 years after UNCTAD and 40 years after the NIEO John Toye
2. South–South cooperation and the international development battlefield: between the OECD and the UN Paulo Esteves and Manaíra Assunção
3. How representative are BRICS? Ramesh Thakur
Part II – The Changing Development Cooperation Landscape
4. Financing the UN development system and the future of multilateralism Bruce Jenks
5. Emerging powers at the UN: ducking for cover? Silke Weinlich
6. A changing world: is the UN development system ready? Stephen Browne
7. South–South cooperation and the future of development assistance: mapping actors and options Paolo de Renzio and Jurek Seifert
8. Emerging powers as normative agents: Brazil and China within the UN development system Adriana Erthal Abdenur
9. Emerging powers and the UN development system: canvassing global views Stephen Browne and Thomas G. Weiss
10. War-torn countries, natural resources, emerging-power investors and the UN development system Graciana del Castillo
THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.
THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.