1st Edition

Religious NGOs at the United Nations Polarizers or Mediators?

Edited By Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Klaus Dieter Wolf Copyright 2019
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Examining the involvement of religious NGOs (RNGOs) at the UN, this book explores whether they polarize political debates at the UN or facilitate agreement on policy issues.

    The number of RNGOs engaging with the United Nations (UN) has grown considerably in recent years: RNGOs maintain relations with various UN agencies, member-state missions, and other NGOs, and participate in UN conferences and events. This volume includes both a quantitative overview of RNGOs at the UN and qualitative analyses of specific policy issues such as international development, climate change, business and human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, international criminal justice, defamation of religions, and intercultural dialogue and cooperation. The contributions explore the factors that explain the RNGOs’ normative positions and actions and scrutinise the assumption that religions introduce non-negotiable principles into political debate and decision-making that inevitably lead to conflict and division.

    Presenting original research on RNGOs and issues of global public policy, this volume will be relevant to both researchers and policy-makers in the fields of religion and international relations, the United Nations, and non-state actors and global governance.

    1. Introduction: Religious NGOs at the UN: Polarizers or mediators? 2. Religious NGOs at the UN: A quantitative overview 3. Religious NGOs at the UNFCCC: A specific contribution to global climate politics? 4. ‘And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply.’ Religious NGOs and the struggle over sexual and reproductive health and rights at the UN 5. Faith-based organizations and international development in a post-liberal world 6. Religious NGOs and the quest for a binding treaty on business and human rights 7. Reconciliation versus punishment: Religious NGOs and the International Criminal Court 8. Preventing a global blasphemy law: Religious NGOs and the ‘defamation of religions’ campaign 9. Religious NGOs at the UN: Advancing interreligious dialogue and cooperation? 10. Conclusions. Religious NGOs: Mediators between distinctiveness and alignment


    Dr Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany.

    Prof Dr Klaus Dieter Wolf, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany.