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.


Warsaw, Poland, 30 November 2006
Polish Institute for International Affairs

Louis Emmerij gave a lecture on "Creativity in the United Nations Family of Organizations."

London, England, 21 November 2006
London School of Economics Open Lecture

Richard Jolly gave a lecture on the Power of UN Ideas.

Uppsala, Sweden, 19-23 September 2006
Dag Hammarskjold Foundation


Louis Emmerij gave a talk on the UN Intellectual History Project at the What Next Forum.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-25 August 2006
22nd General Assembly of CLACSO (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales): Crises and Alternatives to Neoliberalism

Louis Emmerij addressed the Assembly on the subject: "Sixty Years of Development Discourse and the United Nations: Conclusions from the UN Intellectual History Project.

Nairobi, Kenya, 27 June 2006
"The United Nations and Kenya: fifty years of partnership"

"The United Nations and Kenya: fifty years of partnership" was launched in Nairobi on June 26th in the Kenyatta Conference Centre, the first home of UNEP. This is an integrated review of the work of many of the 27 UN agencies operating in Kenya, covering pre-Independence work of UNICEF and WHO, the appointment of Bernard Chidzero as UNDP Resident representative at independence in 1963 to the establishment of UNEP and UN-Habitat, the two UN Programmes to have their global headquarters in Kenya. The 88 page account is illustrated with many full page photographs of UN in action in different parts of the country.
The UN and Kenya was launched by Paul de la Porte, UNDP's Resident Representative and the UN Resident Coordinator, following a presentation by Richard Jolly of the Power of UN Ideas. David Nalo, the Permanent Secretary of Trade and Industry of the Government of Kenya also gave an address highlighting some of the UN's past achievements in Kenya.

Glasgow, Scotland, 21-25 June 2006
6th CIVICUS World Assembly

Devaki Jain was a special guest contributor to the panel, Development Financing: Where is the Women's Dividend? The panel discussion will be led by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-11 June 2006
Academic Council on the United Nations (ACUNS) Annual Conference

Plenary Roundtable on “The Power of UN Ideas”
A plenary roundtable discussion on the UN Intellectual History project with Thomas G. Weiss, Gert Rosenthal, Nico Schrijver, and Michael Barnett.

Kathmandu, Nepal, 23 May 2006
UN Meeting in UN House

Richard Jolly made a presentation on the history of the UN and its lessons for UN Reform and the Future.

Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2006
"Hans Singer: Gentle giant of development"

The Director of the International Institute for Labour Studies and the Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development sponsored "Hans Singer: Gentle giant of development," amemorial lecture by Sir Richard Jolly, Honorary Professor, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex on Thursday, 18 May 2006 at 4 p.m., Room II, R3-South, ILO Headquarters, Geneva.

San Diego, California, 21-25 March 2006
The North-South Divide and United Nations History


A roundtable co-sponsored by the United Nations Intellectual History Project at the annual International Studies Association conference. One of the most visible and contested arenas for North-South confrontation has been within the UN system and global conferences. This round table was a conversation about how the divide was opened, bridged, or avoided across several important issue areas and within several key UN institutions. The work of the United Nations Intellectual History Project provides the nucleus for the discussion. Roundtable participants included Thomas G. Weiss, S. Neil MacFarlane, Craig Murphy, Tatiana Carayannis, and Ramesh Thakur. For program and conference information, please go to http://www.isanet.org/sandiego/program.html.

New York, 8 March 2006
Women in decision-making: Meeting challenges, creating change


This panel discussion, was moderated by Mr. Sashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, will include UNIHP author Devaki Jain; Ms. Noeli Pocaterra, an indigenous leader from Venezuela; Ms. Nabeela Abdulla Al-Mulla, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations; The Honorable Baleka Mbete of South Africa; and Dr. Susan Hockfield, President of MIT.

New York, 3 March, 2006
Women, Development and the UN: Time to Rethink the Agenda?

The Feminist Press at the City University of New York and Institute of International Education held an afternoon panel discussion on women's past, present, and future role in international development. Speakers include: Devaki Jain, Development Economist and feminist writer Noeleen Heyzer, Director, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); Joan-Ross-Frankson, Communications Director, Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO); Kristen Timothy, International Consultant on Gender. Panel Discussion: 2:00-4:00 pm, Networking Reception 4:30-6:00 pm. Please RSVP: abogosian@gc.cuny.edu, 212-817-7929.

New York, 2 March, 2006
From Numbers to Influence: Women in Politics Making Economic Policy


UNIFEM, in partnership with United Nations Development Programme, the National Democratic Institute and the Initiative for Inclusive Security will use the occasion of the CSW's focus on women's political participation to explore means of building women's capacity to advance a gender agenda in economic policy making. This CSW half-day parallel session will focus in particular on the engagement of women politicians in a non-traditional (or non-female-typed) area of decision-making: economic policy and rights. UNIHP author Devaki Jain will speak at the event.

New York, 28 February 2006
Women in International Development and Security Policy

In Celebration of International Women's Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and the PhD Program in Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center sponsored an informal conversation on "Women in International Development and Security Policy" with Devaki Jain, development economist and founding member of DAWN, and author of the recently published Women, Development, and the UN and Barbara Haering, vice president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and member of the Swiss Parliament.

Tuesday, 28 February 2006
4:00-5:30pm Conversation (President’s conference room, 8th floor)
5:30-6:30pm Reception (Ralph Bunche Institute, Room 5203)
The CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue (@34th Street)

Windsor, England, 2 February 2006
Commonwealth meeting, Cumberland Lodge, Great Windsor Park

Richard Jolly spoke on the Power of UN Ideas.

Montreal, Canada, 26 January 2006

A presentation on the United Nations Intellectual History Project at the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal, by Thomas G. Weiss. For more information, please go to http://www.dandurand.uqam.ca.

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