Book talk: UN Ideas that Changed the World |

Book talk: UN Ideas that Changed the World


UN Ideas That Changed the World draws on the research findings from the other 16 volumes produced by the United Nations Intellectual History Project since 1999 as well as the 79 in-depth oral history interviews. It makes a persuasive case that ideas, concepts, and norms are a main driving force in human progress, and that they arguably are the most important contribution and legacy of the United Nations. The project’s research has filled critical gaps in documenting the UN’s record over the last 65 years, namely in providing substantive accounts of the UN’s work in economic and social thinking and action as well as in related areas where the more political boundaries of peace and development intersect—namely human security, human rights, preventive diplomacy, and global governance. UN Ideas That Changed the World points toward the future necessity by the United Nations to exert quality and diversity in intellectual leadership and a values-based framework for dealing with the major challenges of our times.

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Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies Sir Richard Jolly, Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex

Tuesday, 13 April 2010
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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