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: 2005

Maputo, Mozambique 6-10 December
CODESRIA Triennial conference, 500 participants from all parts of Africa
Plenary presentation on December 9th on the Power of UN Ideas with book display

Richard Jolly gave plenary presentation as well as joining in other sessions during the week and making points emerging from the project.

New York, 1 December 2005
United Nations Bookshop presentation and book signing of Women, Development, and the UN. Speakers include Devaki Jain, development economist and activist, author of Women, Development, and the UN; Gloria Steinem, feminist author and founder of Ms. Magazine; and K.S. Jomo, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The moderator will be Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.
Click here to download flyer.

Paris, 16-18 November 2005
60 Years of UNESCO History


A symposium hosted by UNESCO on the occasion of its 60th anniversary, in conjunction with the University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, the Centre d'Histoire de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge, and the United Nations Intellectual History Project at The CUNY Graduate Center. This symposium will bring together more than sixty researchers from all over the world, including UNIHP director and authors Thomas G. Weiss, John Toye, and Richard Toye, to reflect on the following themes:

  • Birth of an international organization
  • Ideals challenged by history
  • Taking action: international cooperation in perspective
  • What sort of history/histories of UNESCO?
For information please contact Jens Boel at j.boel@unesco.org. Please click here to see remarks made by Thomas G. Weiss.

Providence, Rhode Island, 4 November 2005
Telling the Intellectual History of the United Nations-
UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice

A panel presentation at the annual Oral History Association conference by UN Voices co-authors Thomas G. Weiss and Tatiana Carayannis. For more information, please go to http://omega.dickinson.edu/organizations/oha/org_am_prov05.html.

Pretoria, South Africa, 27-28 October 2005
A presentation entitled "Toward a Global Consensus on Development and the UN" by Louis Emmerij at a conference on "The UN at 60: Toward New Reform Agenda?" organized by the Institute for Global Dialogue, the University of Pretoria, and the South African Office of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. For more information, please contact Cynthia Sinclair at cynthia@igd.org.za

London, 24-25 October 2005
Development & Decolonization as History:
Learning from the Bilateral & Multilateral Past

A roundtable co-sponsored by the United Nations Intellectual History Project at The CUNY Graduate Center and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study at the University of London. This roundtable is intended to bring together a range of compatible voices who have been undertaking oral and documentary histories of decolonization and multilateralism. The centerpieces are:
  • the concluding British Documents on the End of Empire (BDEEP) and Overseas Service Pensioners' Association (OSPA) projects at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies which have respectively advanced documentary & oral histories of mainly British decolonisation and multilateralism;
  • the findings and conclusions of the first 8 publications and the completed oral histories of the UNIHP; and
  • the UNDP history project.
It is hoped that the roundtable will also attract and advance other related initiatives, such as the histories of the Department for International Development (DfID) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). For information please contact the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at +44 (0) 20 7862 8844 or http://www.sas.ac.uk/commonwealthstudies/.

Antananarivo, Madagascar, 7th October 2005
Richard Jolly gave a presentation to UN staff on the UN history project and its findings.

New Delhi, 24 October 2005

A book launch and discussion of the UN Intellectual history project book, Women, Development, and the UN: A Sixty Year Quest for Equality and Justice, by Devaki Jain, is being held in the UN Conference Hall, New Delhi on the United Nations Day, 24 October 2005. The event will be chaired by the Dr. Maxine Olson, UN Resident Coordinator and UN Resident Representative in India and the panel will include Dr. Margaret Alva, ex-Member of Parliament (Congress Party), and Dr. Veena Mazumdar, Chairperson, Centre for Women's Development Studies.

New York, 17-22 October 2005
A broadcast of Giving Voice to the UN Experience, featuring Thomas Weiss and Tatiana Carayannis of the United Nations Intellectual History Project, and co-authors of UN Voices, will be aired this week, 17-23 October, in the Tri-State area. For more information, please dowload the flyer.

Bonn, 21-24 September 2005
A presentation on the United Nations Intellectual History Project at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) 30th Anniversary Conference by Louis Emmerij. For more information, go to http://eadi.org/gc2005/.

New York, 22 September 2005, 5:30-7pm

A presentation and book signing of UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice and Power of UN Ideas, by Thomas G. Weiss and Tatiana Carayannis. Hosted by the UNA-NY. For more information please contact KKlineCo@aol.com.

New York, 8 September 2005. 1-3pm

United Nations Bookshop presentation and book signing of UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice by UNIHP director and authors Thomas G. Weiss and Tatiana Carayannis. For more information please contact the UN Bookshop at 1-800-553-3210, 1-212-963-7680 or bookshop@un.org.

Cape Town, South Africa, 26-30 June 2005

A presentation on the UN's role and TNC's in Apartheid South Africa at the 2005 Annual meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management by UNIHP author Tagi Sagafi-nejad.

New York, 2 June 2005
Workshop on Documenting UN History: Comparing Methods, Findings, and Lessons

A workshop convened by the United Nations Intellectual History Project, in collaboration with the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library, the UN University (UNU), the Academic Council on UN Studies (ACUNS), and the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. This workshop brought together UNIHP researchers, UN agency historians, UN librarians and archivists, and scholars and research networks to discuss challenges on UN history from around the world with the aim to share ideas and findings, methods and compatible technologies, and develop areas of cooperation.

New York, June 1, 2005
The Power of People and Ideas
This book launch and discussion of the United Nations Intellectual History Project was part of a year-long celebration marking the 60th Anniversary of the UN and the Centenary of Dag Hammarskjöld. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan delivered opening remarks. The program included a conversation on the “State of the Struggle for Development and Social Justice,” based on the oral history interviews in UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice, the latest project publication, and featuring Margaret Anstee, Noeleen Heyzer, Gert Rosenthal, and James Traub, moderated by Thomas G. Weiss. The program concluded with a reception and book signing.

Geneva, January 24,2005
From Development to International Economic Governance
The Intellectual Contribution of the United Nations

A one-day seminar and book launch organized by the United Nations Intellectual History Project in collaboration with the Réseau Universitaire International de Genève. The program included presentations and discussions on the UNIHP books, Unity and Diversity, UN Contributions to Development, and The UN and Global Political Economy: Trade, Finance, and Development.

A related exhibit, “UN Ideas in the Service of Development,” was on display at the United Nations Office at Geneva Library, to coincide with the seminar.
Click here to download the the electronic version of the book based on the Conference and the UNOG Library exhibition.


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