Adapting the United Nations to a Post Modern Era: Lessons by W. Knight

By W. Knight

This publication addresses the significant subject matter of fixing the United countries approach in gentle of the broadening definition of safety, a perceived shift from modernity to post-modernity, and the modern debate approximately reform, model, and institutional studying in multilateral associations in the course of transitional classes. The authors during this research concentrate on the teachings discovered from the organization's fresh functionality in collective safety, preventive international relations and deployment, and peacekeeping, between different issues.

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Social constructs are objectified, and predominant social forces of authoritative value allocation are removed through instrumental rationality from that which is viewed as ‘political’. Given this Cartesian logic, multilateral organizations and their role in global governance have become marginalized and non-emancipatory. Within the modernist framework, international institutions cannot be expected to be effective bodies for promoting human security for the masses primarily because they are state-centric.

See Maurice Bertrand, ‘The Role of the UN System in the Context of Changing Global Structure’. Paper presented at an International Conference on ‘Changing World Order and the United Nations System’, Yokohama, Japan (24–27 March 1992), p. 9; Maurice Bertrand, Some Reflection on Reform of the United Nations (Geneva: Joint Inspection Unit, 1985) U/REP/85/9, especially para. 1; and, United Nations Association of the United States of America, A Successor Vision: The United Nations of Tomorrow (New York: UNA–USA, 1987).

The concept of civil society is both helpful and limiting. The notion may not seem to be problematic in the context of advanced industrial societies, where associational-based interest groups play a major role in processes of governance. Yet in vast areas of the world, associational interest groups are insignificant. More often in vast areas of Africa, Asia and to a lesser extent in Latin America non-associational groupings (ethnic groups, religious groups, kinship groupings) and institutional groups, such as political parties, armies, churches, governmental bureaucracies and similar identity groupings serve important roles in governance processes – aggregating and articulating interests, establishing norms, and implementing programmes/projects.

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