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
gave a lecture on "Creativity in the United Nations
Family of Organizations."
London, England, 21 November 2006
London School of Economics Open Lecture
gave a lecture on the Power of UN Ideas.
Uppsala, Sweden, 19-23 September 2006
Dag Hammarskjold Foundation
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
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
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
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
A plenary roundtable discussion on the UN Intellectual
History project with Thomas
, and Michael Barnett.
Kathmandu, Nepal, 23 May 2006
UN Meeting in UN House
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
amemorial lecture by Sir
, 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
, S. Neil
, Craig Murphy
and Ramesh Thakur
For program and conference information, please go to http://www.isanet.org/sandiego/program.html
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
; 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
, 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
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
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
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
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