The United Nations and the Regions

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  • Edited by Philippe De Lombaerde, Francis Baert and Tania Felicio

    The United Nations and the Regions
    ISBN-13: 978-94-007-2750-2
    March 2012

    A unique, forward-looking perspective on the global governance architecture:

    • Innovative contributions on the interaction between supra-national regions and the United Nations
    • Essential reading for anyone interested in the future of global governance

    This unique book investigates the implications of the rising importance of supra-national regional organizations for global governance in general, and for the United Nations, in particular. It touches upon issues such as regional representation at the UN, high-level dialogues with regional organizations, as well as the coordination of UN Member States’ voting behaviour in the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council. It further explores the regional dimension and coordination of UN operations in areas such as peace and security, human right, and sustainable development.

    The book contains both in-depth chapters and shorter viewpoints, written by a combination of academics, policymakers at regional organizations, and experts from international think tanks.

    “[...] new avenues for joint action between the League and the UN shall continue to be explored. The ultimate goal remains [...] the wider coherence of the constructive relationship between the UN and regional organisations.”

    Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States

    “[...] with due regard to to the political sensitivities of the challenge, it is possible to engage in reform of the UN whereby greater consistency and coherence can be attained to streamline the operational partnership between the UN and regional organisations.”

    Kennedy Graham, Member of Parliament, New Zealand

    About the Editors

    Philippe De Lombaerde is Associate Director at the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges since 2008. Francis Baert is Project Researcher within the Peace and Security programme at UNU-CRIS. Tânia Felício is a former researcher at UNU-CRIS and currently a Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute.

    Table of Contents


    PART I: Regional Actorness and Representation

    • Sovereignty’s Evolution: the Role of Regions – Regional Convergence in a Transnational World, Carlos Pascual and Holly Benner
    • The Contribution of the Regional UN Economic Commissions to Regional Integration Processes: The Case of ECLAC, Edgard Moncayo Jiménez
    • Breaking the Deadlock of Regional Bloc Politics: Cross-Regional Coalitions and Human Rights in the UNGA, Robert Kissack
    • Measuring Regional Actorness at the UN Security Council: the EU as a Paragon of Complexity, Edith Drieskens
    • Weighted Regional Representation as a Basis for Security Council Reform, Joseph E. Schwartzberg
    • Regionalisation, Transnational Democracy and United Nations Reform: A Viewpoint, Hans Köchler

    PART II: Regional Organisations and Peace and Security

    • The UN and Regional Organisations for Peace: Tracking a Slippery Partnership, Luk Van Langenhove, Tânia Felício and Ademola Abass
    • The UN and the League of Arab States: A Point of View on Future Interaction, Amre Moussa
    • UN Cooperation with Regional Organisations in Peacekeeping Operations: A Legal Perspective, Ademola Abass
    • The False Promise of Regional Organizations?, Rodrigo Tavares
    • From International and Regional Organisations to Global Public Policy, Jean-Marc Coicaud and Jin Zhang
    • Hybrid Missions: A Promising Model Resolving the Global-Regional Debate, Vesselin Popovski and Annette Fath-Lihic
    • ASEAN, the United Nations, and the Security of Southeast Asia: Problems, Prospects, and Paradox, Seng Tan
    • The UN and Regional Organisations: Finding a Balance between the UN and the African Union in dealing with Peace and Security in Africa, Marié Muller and Maxi Schoeman

    PART III: Regional Organisations, Human Security, Sustainable Development and Human Rights

    • Reconceptualisation of Security and Regional Dimension of UN Activities: towards a Mediterranean Environmental and Human Security Initiative, Hans Günter Brauch
    • The Regional Input for ‘Delivering as One’,Kennedy Graham
    • UN System-Wide Coherence and the Regions: The Quest for Reforms,Eric Maertens
    • The UN and Regional Social Policy, Bob Deacon
    • The UN and the Regions: The case of Health Sector Coordination for Disaster Management in the Caribbean, Geert Haghebaert
    • Regionalism and Human Rights at the UN, Richard Gowan and Franziska Brantner

    Conclusions, Francis Baert, Tânia Felício and Philippe De Lombaerde