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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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Fitter for Purpose?

Fitter for Purpose?

The UN’s Normative Future

(p.139) 6 Fitter for Purpose?
The "Third" United Nations

Tatiana Carayannis

Thomas G. Weiss

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks whether the world organization can become fitter for purpose. An essential motivation for getting right the understanding of the Third UN is the need to identify the comparative advantages and disadvantages of the “whole” organization. It is especially challenging to identify how the UN should act in the era of information disorder and public health pandemics, and thus how a variety of knowledge brokers from the Third UN can help the UN think. The task to analyze what the UN can and cannot do, as well as how to make it fitter-for-purpose, should have been undertaken more vigorously and earlier. However, it is even more crucial in the age of new nationalisms and populisms. In light of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and global economic meltdown, the breakdown of international cooperation and the pressing need for a robust multilateral system could not be more obvious, even if it is not clear to new nationalists.

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

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