By Louis Emmerij
Principles and ideas are arguably an important legacy of the United countries. sooner than the Curve? analyzes the evolution of key rules and ideas approximately overseas monetary and social improvement born or nurtured, sophisticated or utilized lower than UN auspices on the grounds that 1945. The authors review the coverage principles coming from UN corporations and students when it comes to such severe concerns as decolonization, sustainable improvement, structural adjustment, uncomplicated wishes, human rights, ladies, international employment, the transition of the jap bloc, the function of nongovernmental agencies, and international governance. The authors locate that, in many cases, UN principles approximately find out how to take on difficulties of worldwide import have been sound and far-sighted, even supposing they typically fell at the deaf ears of robust member states until eventually it was once obvious diverse method was once wanted. The authors additionally establish very important components the place the UN has no longer stood constructively on the fore.
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25 Emmer 01 (16-42) FINAL 3/5/01 11:08 AM Four Powerful Ideas Page 29 29 These pioneering reports contributed much new thinking about the situation and needs of developing countries. ). They opened up approaches and helped lay foundations upon which the UN was to build much of its work over the next two or three decades. They identified basic themes and set a pattern—a highly professional analytical approach with a fully international perspective for the problem at hand. The focus was on people as well as the process of development; bold conclusions were derived from the need for deliberate action to accelerate the rate of development; international action to back up national action was seen as an inescapable component of progress in the poorest countries.
These were now available to be applied to the postwar world. One of the extraordinary features of the UN’s creation is how much of its foundation was laid during the early phases of World War II, some before the United Emmer 01 (16-42) FINAL 20 3/5/01 11:08 AM Page 20 Ahead of the Curve? States had even formally entered the war. In August American President Franklin D. ” Five months later, in January , twenty-six governments—including China, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and a number of Latin American states—signed a Declaration of the United Nations, elaborating further these basic principles.
But what about the egregious record of human rights violations over five decades, and the many moves to independence that ended in brutal dictatorship? But what about the failures of development that have left the world, at the opening of the new millennium, with widening gaps in wealth and income and half the global population having to survive on incomes equivalent to less than two dollars a day? Facts are facts, failures are failures. These tragic events are part of the record. There will be no attempt to airbrush them away.