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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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Commissions and Panels

Commissions and Panels

How Eminent Individuals Shape UN Thinking

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The "Third" United Nations

Tatiana Carayannis

Thomas G. Weiss

Oxford University Press

The chapter analyzes the over-sized role of one visible component of the Third UN. Prominent individuals—many of whom made their government and international civil servant careers as members of the First and the Second UNs—have come to constitute essential and frequent contributors to the advance of knowledge and norms. The case studies concern peace operations (the Brahimi report of 2001 and HIPPO of 2015); the protection of human beings in war zones (the ICISS report of 2001); and for sustainable development (the Brundtland report of 1987 and the ongoing work by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC). Less successful or even counterproductive group efforts also figure in the discussion, but the main examples seek to demonstrate how and when such blue-ribbon groups make a difference.

Keywords:   United Nations, Third UN, non-state actors, international commissions, high-level panels, Brahimi report, Brundtland report, ICISS, IPCC

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