The project is publicizing the main conclusions as widely as possible in order to stimulate debate on the importance of the UN in the 21st century. The 60th anniversary of the UN in October 2005 provided the impetus to accelerate dissemination efforts as well as to stimulate additional exploration of the UN's record by academics and graduate students, by journalists and policy analysts, in both developed and especially developing countries.


PAST EVENTS: 2004

Oslo, 2-3 December 2004
The UN and Global, Regional, and National Development Challenges:
How did it Fare and How Does the Future Look? First Results of the United Nations Intellectual History Project

A two-day United Nations Intellectual History Project conference in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs highlighted the results from UNIHP research to date. The conference brought together development specialists to discuss the role of the UN in the face of development challenges of the 21st Century. It included presentations on the UNIHP books, Ahead of the Curve, UN Contributions to Development, UN and Global Political Economy, Quantifying the World, and UN and Development Cooperation. The first day of the conference focused primarily on development and development co-operation, past and future. The focus of the second day was on two themes – highlights of the oral history project, and a discussion of international economic relations, regional perspectives, and statistics. It ended with a panel discussion about the future of the UN and the Bretton Woods Institutions.

New York, New York 5 November 2004
Paper presentation on Quantifying the World at a seminar on The Statistical Legacy of the United Nations, Michael Ward

Lund, Sweden 1 October 2004
Presentation on UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice (chapters 9 & 10 of the oral history) at the Dag Hammarksjöld Colloquium on "The Changing Role of the International Servant," Thomas G. Weiss

Manila, September 2004
Presentation on Quantifying the World, Michael Ward

Cork Island, UK 22-28 August 2004
Paper presentation on Quantifying the World at the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth Conference, Trinity College, Michael Ward

Geneva, 30 June-2 July 2004
Presentations on Human Security and UNIHP at the ACUNS annual meeting on "Human Security," S. Neil McFarlane, Richard Jolly, and Thomas G. Weiss

Beirut, 11 May 2004
Presentation on Unity and Diversity at the annual meeting of the ESCWA, Yves Berthelot and Blandine Destremau

Shanghai, 22-28 April 2004
Presentation on Unity and Diversity at the annual meeting of the ESCAP, Yves Berthelot

The Hague, 22-24 April 2004
Paper presentation on UN and Global Political Economy, at the Conference on The Evolution of Development Policies and Strategies, Center for Advanced Studies, John Toye

Geneva, 20-21 April 2004
"UN Social Thinking in Historical Perspective" - Paper by Louis Emmerij, Richard Jolly, and Thomas G. Weiss; presentation at the UNRISD 40th Anniversary Conference, Louis Emmerij

Geneva, 24 February 2004
Presentation on Unity and Diversity at the annual meeting of the European Commission for Europe, Palais des Nations, Yves Berthelot

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