Tuesday, 15 February 2011

United Nations, an Organisation on Life-Support?

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14, 2011 (IPS) - While a mass uprising was toppling a dictatorship in Egypt and tens of thousands were marching for radical change at the World Social Forum in Dakar, a high-level group of ambassadors and experts came together at the United Nations late last week to discuss the future of global governance.

Convened by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, an organisation dedicated to social democracy and international cooperation, the Feb. 10 event drew ambassadors, civil society leaders and policy pundits to a lavish luncheon that belied the somber nature of the issue in question, namely: what is the role of the U.N., the largest multilateral body tasked with managing the world's crises, conflicts and imbalances, in the ecological, economic and political climate of the 21st century?


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