United Nations At Work

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The debate over the nature and future of the United Nations began before its inception in 1945, and is likely to continue far into its second half-century. The purpose of this collection is to examine something generally ignored in the debate, even in the professional literature: what the United Nations actually does. The volume consists of original, authoritative, critical analyses of a sampling of key UN activities.

In addition to their credentials in their own specialties, most contributors have extensive UN experience as staff members, delegates or consultants. Most are international lawyers and the others have a wide variety of backgrounds. They come from 12 countries. Each chapter stands on its own as a significant contribution to our understanding of both the subject and the quiet, undramatic but vital worldwide work of the United Nations. Students, scholars, and other researchers involved with the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations will find this work of particular interest.

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Editorial Reviews

Contributors from around the world examine the activities of the UN, in sections on international law, international relations, individuals, and prevention and resolution of conflict. Topics include the UN and international space law, trade and transit problems of land-locked states, international migration, and contributions of the UN to solving boundary and territorial disputes, 1945-1997. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275959449
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 372
  • Lexile: 1620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN IRA GLASSNER is University Professor of Geography Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University.

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Table of Contents


Introduction by Martin Ira Glassner

International Law

Regulation of the Uses of International Waterways: The Contribution of the United Nations by Lucius Caflisch

The United Nations and International Space Law by Vladimir Kopal

The United Nations and Protection of the Environment by Djamchid Momtaz

Protection of Minorities by Budislav Vukas

International Relations

The United Nations System and International Trade by Sherry M. Stephenson

The United Nations and the Trade and Transit Problems of Land-Locked States by Surya P. Subedi

Taiwan and the United Nations by Hungdah Chiu

Focus on Individuals

International Migration: UN Moves by William B. Wood

A Note on Some UN Achievements with Special Reference to the World Food Programme by D. John Shaw and Sir Hans W. Singer

The United Nations and NGOs: Global Civil Society and Institutional Change by Peter Uvin and Thomas G. Weiss

Prevention and Resolution of Conflict

Contributions of the UN to Solving Boundary and Territorial Disputes 1945-1997 by Victor Prescott

The United Nations, The Oceans and Some Geography by Shabati Rosenne

United Nations Peace-Maintenance by Jarat Chopra


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