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The UN, People & Politics

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Although the United Nations remains heavily criticised for its complexity and bias towards the ‘big 5’ nations, it’s noble origins and ideals – embodied in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights – emphasises the need for a more democratic, powerful and ultimately more representative UN system that can act as a conduit for international cooperation and the securing of basic human needs.

Latest Articles

This Changes Everything

The Occupy movement and its predecessors in Europe and the Arab world represent a fundamental shift in public opinion. Around the world, people are waking up to the fact that the current system of free-market capitalism simply doesn’t work and are demanding systemic change.

Saving the Durban Climate Change Conference

As the Durban climate talks near, debate over the best approach for ensuring emissions reductions is heating up. Should governments give up on a global agreement and resort to bilateral and voluntary measures, or is the UN process our only hope? Tom Levitt and Craig Bennett present opposing views in the Ecologist.

G20 Summit: Reactions and Reflections

Last week’s G20 summit in Cannes elicited mixed reactions from the development community. Praise flowed for world leaders who promoted a financial transactions tax, but a weak outcome and inaction on debt and tax havens left many disappointed.

Civil Society Organizations: Time for Systemic Strategies

During a time of deepening crises, a Great Transition can only succeed with the awakening of a new social actor: a vast and coherent movement of global citizens is the critical historical agent now missing from the global stage, argues Michael Narberhaus

Anti-Globalization Movement and Challenges for Rio +20

The central challenge for Rio +20 is a necessary process of decommodification of the Earth. It is not by chance that the World Social Forum in Belem in 2009 launched an anti-globalization call in order to defend common goods against their commodification and privatization, write Geneviève Azam and Michael Löwy

The Power of Protest Tactics: ‘Just Do It’

Filmmaker Emily James spent a year documenting the secretive world of environmental direct action, delving into the motivations, creativity and determination of those involved. The result is a film which breaks through tired stereotypes and may just inspire the new wave of protest actions across Europe, writes Adam Parsons.

For a Democratic United Nations and the Rule of Law

An empowered and reformed United Nations system could meet the challenges of achieving greater peace, democracy and human rights and a way of life based on more sustainable management of our planet, says a report by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

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