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Religious NGOs at the United Nations

Polarizers or Mediators?, 1st Edition

Edited by Claudia Baumgart-Ochse, Klaus Dieter Wolf


218 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Religious NGOs at the UN: Polarizers or mediators?

Claudia Baumgart-Ochse

2, Religious NGOs at the UN: A quantitative overview

Ann-Kristin Beinlich and Clara Braungart

3. Religious NGOs at the UNFCCC: A specific contribution to global climate politics?

Katharina Glaab, Doris Fuchs, and Johannes Friederich

4. ‘And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply.’ Religious NGOs and the struggle over sexual and reproductive health and rights at the UN

Ann-Kristin Beinlich

5. Faith-based organizations and international development in a post-liberal world

Gerard Clarke

6. Religious NGOs and the quest for a binding treaty on business and human rights

Melanie Coni-Zimmer and Olga Perov

7. Reconciliation versus punishment: Religious NGOs and the International Criminal Court

Clara Braungart

8. Preventing a global blasphemy law: Religious NGOs and the ‘defamation of religions’ campaign

Claudia Baumgart-Ochse

9. Religious NGOs at the UN: Advancing interreligious dialogue and cooperation?

Jeffrey Haynes

10. Conclusions. Religious NGOs: Mediators between distinctiveness and alignment

Claudia Baumgart-Ochse and Klaus Dieter Wolf

About the Editors

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

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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics

This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).

The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.

Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.

In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)