United Nations Global Conferences

By Michael G. Schechter

© 2005 – Routledge

272 pages

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About the Book

This new book covers the origins purposes, trends and controversies of the United Nations' global conferences.

There are 30 such conferences to compare, and many argue that they have not been worth the money spent on them. Others, however, suggest that they offer the only effective way to address global problems, like racism, sexism, overpopulation, environmental degradation, overfishing, urbanization, and the proliferation of small arms.

This is the first comprehensive study of this key topic, delivering information essential to the ongoing debate on multilateralism, with examinations of:

* the typical structure of a conference

* description of the Global Conferences

* substantive and institutional outcomes of the conferences

* changes resulting from the conferences

* UN Conferences as mechanisms for coping with the problems of the 21st Century

This book is essential reading for students of the United Nations, international organisation and global governance, as well as practitioners from non-governmental organizations.

Table of Contents

1. The Meaning, Origin and Purposes of UN Global Conferences 2. The Typical 'Structure' of a Conference 3. Description of the Global Conferences 4. Substantive and Institutional Outcomes of the Conferences 5. Changes Resulting from the Conferences 6. UN Conferences as Mechanisms for Coping with the Problems of the 21st Century 7. Annotated Bibliography

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.
  • Green covers will soon offer one-stop accounts for the major theoretical approaches to global governance and international organization.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POL040020
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International