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The "Third" United NationsHow a Knowledge Ecology Helps the UN Think$
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Tatiana Carayannis and Thomas G. Weiss

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198855859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198855859.001.0001

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The “Third” UN

The “Third” UN

Non-State Actors and the World Organization’s Thinking

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The "Third" United Nations

Tatiana Carayannis

Thomas G. Weiss

Oxford University Press

The chapter explains the selection of and concentration on the main knowledge brokers in the Third UN. It explores the growth in numbers of the two major types of non-state actors that are the easiest to count, international NGOs and TNCs, as well as their dynamics within the UN system. The widespread push, including within IGOs, for evidence-based policymaking has created a further demand for think tanks and research that translate applied and basic research into accessible and user-friendly materials. It is impossible to appreciate the nature of the policy process without understanding the “whole” UN—First, Second, and Third.

Keywords:   United Nations, Third UN, non-state actors, knowledge brokers, NGOs, TNCs

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