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: 2008
The Hague, The Netherlands, 11 December
Conference: The United Nations and the Evolution of Global Values
gave a presentation on the UN Intellectual History
Project for a master class at Leiden University on 11 December,
and on 12 December will give a presentation on The UN and Global
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 5 December
Redistribution with Growth Seminar
drew on UNIHP findings for his keynote address at a seminar
on Redistribution with Growth.
Santiago, Chile, 25 November 2008
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
gave a lecture based on his recently published book, The
UN and Transnational Corporations: From Code of Conduct to Global
New York, New York, 18 November 2008
Carnegie Corporation of New York
and Sir Brian Urquhart gave a talk entitled, “What’s
Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It,” hosted by Vartan
Gregorian at the Carnegie Corporation.
The Hague, The Netherlands, 16 October
Institute of Social Studies
spoke at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague
on human development and basic needs, in a seminar marking the election
to a professorship of Professor Rolph van der Hoeven.
Sofia, Bulgaria, 10 October 2008
Bulgarian Academy of Science
gave a talk at the Bulgarian Academy of Science about
the evolving nature of economic and social development strategies,
which drew on UNIHP’s findings and conclusions.
Budapest, Hungary, 6-8 October 2008
Hungarian Academy of Science, The Budapest School of Economics
presented UNIHP findings about the evolving nature of
economic and social development strategies at the Hungarian Academy
of Science and at the Budapest School of Economics.
Warsaw, Poland, 28 September - 2 October 2008
Polish Institute of International Affairs, School of Economics of Warsaw University
gave presentations about the evolving nature of economic
and social development strategies at the Polish Institute of International
Affairs and at the School of Economics of Warsaw University.
Geneva, Switzerland, 24 -28 June 2008
EADI General Conference
spoke about "The Future of Ideas in the UN"
at the EADI General Conference in Geneva from 24 to 28 June 2008.
New York, New York, 17 June 2008
UNU-UN Midday Forum: "Preventive Diplomacy at the UN"
Drawing from his recently published book, Preventive
Diplomacy at the UN
traced the progression of preventive diplomacy
at the UN, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses, and commented
on the prospects for preventive diplomacy in the current era dominated
by the new challenges of genocide and terrorism.
Bonn, Germany, 5-7 June 2008
ACUNS 2008 Annual Meeting, "The UN and the Global Development
was the keynote speaker at the 2008 ACUNS Annual Meeting,
giving a presentation entitled "Discoveries from the UN Intellectual
History Project, 1999-2008."
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 24 May 2008
National Sun Yat Sen University
gave a lecture on "Multinational Corporations, Scandals, Codes
and Controls" at National Sun Yat Sen University in Taiwan.
Tarrytown, New York, 12-17 May 2008
"UN Ideas Changing History"
At the Rockefeller Pocantico conference site in
Tarrytown, NY, the project's co-directors, Louis
, Richard Jolly
, integrated comments on the penultimate manuscript
from the Helsinki meeting in April, into the final manuscript tentatively
entitled UN Ideas Changing History
Washington, D.C., 12 May 2008
The World Congress of Statistics
was invited to address the Opening Session of The World
Congress of Statistics where he gave the talk "The Quiet Triumph
of the UN Statistical System." The paper presented will be
included in a selected "Collection of Papers" from the
Congress to be published.
Oxford, United Kingdom, 1 May 2008
Trinity Term Seminar Series, International Gender Studies Centre
gave a talk on "How Women do Development: Feminist
Economists Influence India's Eleventh Five Year Plan" at the
University of Oxford.
Turku, Finland, 27 April 2008
National Committee for UNIFEM in Finland
was the Special Speaker at the national meeting of the
National Committee for UNIFEM in Finland. She spoke on the "Role
of UN Organs in National Development."
San Francisco, 26-29 April 2008
International Studies Association, 49th Annual Meeting
Based on the forthcoming publication in Global
Governance (vol. 15, no. 1, January 2009), Thomas G. Weiss
presented “The ‘Third’ United Nations,” which will
be a major element and finding in the project’s final volume.
Helsinki, Finland, 24-25 April 2008
"UN Ideas in Action: Past, Present, Future"
This two-day workshop, organized by The United
Nations Intellectual History Project in association with the Ministry
for Foreign Affairs of Finland, focused on two topics. A small group
of commentators discussed the penultimate draft of the final project
synthesis volume, UN Ideas Changing History
, being written
by the project’s co-directors (Louis
, Richard Jolly
). Public presentations for academics, public officials,
NGOs, and the media were organized around the conclusions of four
of the projects books, with presentations by their authors: Devaki
, S. Neil
, and Sarah
Helsinki, Finland, 22 April 2008
University of Helsinki
gave a public lecture on Women, Development and the UN;
Strategies for Feminist Intervention in Public Policy; and the Indian
Macro Economic Planning Process.
Paris, France, 17-18 January 2008
International Science Committee for the UNESCO History Project
Based on UNIHP experience to date, Thomas
made commentary on “UNESCO and the Cold War,” UNESCO
and Issues of Colonization and Decolonization,” and “Towards the
Transnational History of International Organizations."