Studium Generale Activity: Economic power dynamics are changing how the world community is organised and works. What does this mean for the UN?
The United Nations recently marked its 70th anniversary. Reason for a party? Or perhaps a commemoration? Seventy years later the UN is under pressure. In parts II and III of this series we continue to explore the tensions underlying what could appear to be the erosion of the next best thing to world government.
Having successfully launched the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the United Nations finds itself amid economic power dynamics which challenge it from all sides. The G20 initiative, borderless corporate interests with more economic clout than some States, bilateral and regional trade constellations attest to changing patterns in how the world community is organised and works. What do these developments mean for the United Nations? Join Prof. Rolph van der Hoeven (Erasmus University) to examine these dynamics while exploring their impact on the UN’s role, legitimacy and its future.
About Rolph van der Hoeven
Rolph van der Hoeven, (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Employment and Development Economics at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University (EUR), The Hague, which he joined in 2007. He is also member of the Committee on Development Cooperation of the Dutch Government and of several other Dutch development organizations. Earlier he was Director Policy Coherence and held various other positions at ILO Geneva. Further international positions included Chief Economist of UNICEF in New York and policy analyst for the ILO in Ethiopia and Zambia. His work concentrates on issues of employment, inequality and economic reform, and focussing amongst others on problems related to basic needs, structural adjustment, and globalization and poverty alleviation on which he has published numerous books, book chapters and articles.