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The "Third" United Nations: How a Knowledge Ecology Helps the UN Think

Tatiana Carayannis and Thomas G. Weiss


This book is about the Third UN: the ecology of supportive non-state actors—intellectuals, scholars, consultants, think tanks, NGOs, the for-profit private sector, and the media—that interacts with the intergovernmental machinery of the First UN (member states) and the Second UN (staff members of international secretariats) to formulate and refine ideas and decision-making at key junctures in policy processes. Some advocate for particular ideas, others help analyze or operationalize their testing and implementation; many thus help the UN “think.” While think tanks, knowledge brokers, and epist ... More

Keywords: United Nations, non-state actors, Third UN, member states, international civil servants, knowledge brokers, NGOs, TNCs, civil society, think tanks, global governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198855859
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198855859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tatiana Carayannis, author
Director of the Social Science Research Council's 'Understanding Violent Conflict' program and the 'Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum'

Thomas G. Weiss, author
Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York