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Routledge Handbook on the UN and Development

ISBN 9780367502232
Published January 9, 2022 by Routledge
332 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

International commissions, academics, practitioners, and the media have long been critical of the UN’s development efforts as disjointed and not fit for purpose; yet the organization has been an essential contributor to progress and peacebuilding.

This handbook explores the activities of the UN development system (UNDS), the largest operational pillar of the organization and arguably the arena in which its ideational endeavors have made the biggest contribution to thinking and standards. Contributions focus on the role of the UNDS in sustainable social, economic, and environmental development, describing how the UNDS interacts with the other major functions of the UN system, and how it performs operationally in the context of the new 2030 development agenda focused on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The volume is divided into three sections:

  • Realizing the SDGs: opportunities and challenges;
  • Resources, partnerships, and management; and
  • Imagining the future of the UN in development.

Comprised of chapters by knowledgeable and authoritative UN experts, this book provides cutting-edge and up-to-date research on the strengths and weaknesses of the UNDS, with each chapter focusing on different operational and ideational aspects.

Chapter 11 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license at

Table of Contents

Introduction: Development, the Largest of Four UN Functions

Stephen Browne and Thomas G. Weiss

Part One: Realizing the SDGs, Opportunities and Challenges

  1. The UN Development System: Origins, Structure, Status
  2. Stephen Browne and Thomas G. Weiss

  3. The UN and Development: Objectives and Governance
  4. José Antonio Ocampo

  5. Emerging Powers, a Declining West, and Multilateralism
  6. Kishore Mahbubani

  7. Environment and Development in the UN
  8. Maria Ivanova

  9. Gender Equality and the United Nations
  10. Saraswathi Menon

  11. Human Rights and Sustainable Development: Together at Last?
  12. Natalie Samarasinghe

  13. Sustaining Peace and the 2030 Development Agenda
  14. Sigrid Gruener and Henrik Hammergren

  15. Sustaining Peace: Changing Architecture and Priorities for UN Peacebuilding
  16. Gert Rosenthal

  17. What Does "Leave No One Behind" Mean for Humanitarians?
  18. Peter J. Hoffman

  19. Migration and Development in the UN Global Compacts
  20. Nicholas R. Micinski

    Part Two: Resources, Partnerships, and Management

  21. Funding the UN: Support or Constraint?
  22. Max-Otto Baumann and Silke Weinlich

  23. Private Finance and Partnerships at the UN
  24. Barbara Adams

  25. The "Third UN": Civil Society and the World Organization
  26. Roberto Bissio

  27. The UN and World Bank: Collaboration toward Stronger Global Governance?
  28. Richard Jolly

  29. The WTO, the UN, and the Future of Global Development
  30. Rorden Wilkinson

  31. UN Accountability: From Frameworks to Evidence and Results
  32. Richard Golding

  33. Towards Better Knowledge Management in the UN
  34. Steve Glovinski

    Part Three: Imagining the Future of the UN in Development

  35. Change in the UN Development System: Theory and Practice
  36. John Hendra and Ingrid Fitzgerald

  37. Looking to the UN’s Future
  38. Carsten Staur

  39. Reforming the UN and Governing the Globe
  40. Georgios Kostakos

  41. Reflections: Prospects for the UN Development System

Stephen Browne and Thomas G. Weiss

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Stephen Browne is Co-Director of the Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS); Senior Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York; visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute, Geneva; and former Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, Geneva.

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at The City University of New York’s Graduate Center; he is also Co-Chair, Cultural Heritage at Risk Project, J. Paul Getty Trust; Distinguished Fellow, Global Governance, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and Eminent Scholar, Kyung Hee University, Korea.