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Safe Passage Into the Twenty-First Century the United Nations' Quest for Peace, Equality, Justice, and Development

by Robert Muller

  • ISBN: 9780826408662
  • ISBN10: 0826408664

Safe Passage Into the Twenty-First Century the United Nations' Quest for Peace, Equality, Justice, and Development

by Robert Muller

  • List Price: $12.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
  • Publish date: 12/01/1995
  • ISBN: 9780826408662
  • ISBN10: 0826408664
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Description: While published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, these two books are totally different in content and orientation. A Global Affair is an "unofficial" illustrated history of the organization, its agencies, and its triumphs and, more importantly, a tribute to the people'from top administrators to lowly staff photographers'who have contributed in some capacity to the U.N.'s first 50 years. Over 400 pictures adorn this book, and the text, while written by U.N. notables and personalities who have donated time and effort to various U.N. causes, is meant to supplement the pictures rather than vice versa. Short personal accounts are highly anecdotal and full of reminiscences, but they offer some of the most poignant human interest stories, recapturing these people's youth and the spirit of the times that made them join the U.N. adventure. Content is highly selective but, while generally upbeat, does not gloss over less successful U.N. endeavors. The overall feeling imparted here is that the U.N.'s half-century of existence has been turbulent yet somewhat successful in attempting to address the overwhelming health, nutritional, and basic human needs in many Third World countries. The book is a sober reminder of how much more there is for this agency to do on this planet. Looking squarely to the future, Safe Passage into the Twenty-First Century is based on a broad philosophical dialog held between Muller and Roche at the University of Peace in Costa Rica. The authors are eminently qualified to engage in this far-reaching discussion since they spent a great deal of their lives working with the U.N. or its specialized agencies. Strong proponents of internationalism, Muller and Roche concentrate on the four principles of the U.N. Charter: peace, equality, justice, and development. They eloquently point out the lack of shared global vision remaining since the end of the Cold War era. Occasionally, the authors' close identification with the U.N. have led them to make some rather over-optimistic assessments regarding the U.N.'s effectiveness or impact in a particular matter. Muller and Roche see the U.N. as being best suited to analyze problems and generate solutions from a unique global perspective, and they shy away from discussing any inherent danger of world government or centralized authority. Furthermore, there is a clear spiritual undertone to the entire conversation that some readers may find distracting. While Muller and Roche's book should be welcomed by most academic libraries collecting actively in international organizations, A Global Affair will receive more favor from public libraries and some undergraduate collections.
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