Book : The United Nations and Civil Society : Legitimating Global Governance - Whose Voice ?
21 octobre 2009
The UN is able to recognize key global challenges, but beset by difficulties in trying to resolve them. In this, it represents the current global political balance, but is also the only international institution that could move it forward.
Civil society can be a catalyst for this kind of change. In this book, Nora McKeon provides a comprehensive analysis of UN engagement with civil society. The book pays particular attention to food and agriculture, which now lie at the heart of global governance issues. McKeon shows that politically meaningful space for civil society can be introduced into UN policy dialogue. The United Nations and Civil Society also makes the case that it is only by engaging with organizations which legitimately speak for the “poor” targeted by the Millennium Development Goals that the UN can promote equitable, sustainable development and build global democracy from the ground up.
This book has strong ramifications for global governance, civil society, social movements and the contemporary debate over the future of food.
’Nora McKeon’s book is a masterful investigation of how and why the UN system is (slowly) opening up to civil society - a key development in global governance. This is a major contribution and a rare bridge between academic scholarship and policy debate’ - Mario Pianta, Professor of Economic Policy, University of Urbino, Italy
’This book is a tonic recipe for reinvigorating the UN by opening up its forums to the social actors most dramatically affected by globalization. This is required reading for all those concerned with global governance’ - Henri Carsalade, Former Assistant Director-General of FAO
‘Nora McKeon’s reflections will, we hope, contribute to making the UN the organization of “we the peoples”’ - Mamadou Cissokho, Honorary President, West African Network of Peasant and Agricultural Producers’ Organizations (ROPPA).
Rendez-vous : CSA will organize soon a presentation of the book by Nora McKeon. More information will be posted on our website.