This seminar considered the legitimacy of the UN in the development field by addressing the following questions: What is its legitimacy compared to the Bretton Woods institutions? Is the development model promoted by the UN more legitimate than the one promoted by the BW institutions or the private sector? What is the legitimacy of the UN in the field of development compared the G8 and G20? There will also be discussions on whether the 2008 financial crisis gave more or less legitimacy to the UN development paradigm.
The seminar is part of the UNU Legitimacy Series, which provides a platform for critical discussions with academics and public intellectuals about issues of legitimacy as they arise in various aspects of the work of the United Nations.
* Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York.
* Ian Hurd, Associate Professor at Northwestern University and visiting fellow at the Niehaus Center on Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
* Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Conference Room B, North Lawn Building, United Nations Headquarters, New York