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Issues Before the United Nations

Below is information on out-of-print editions of UNA-USA's annual textbook, A Global Agenda: Issues Before the United Nations. Read about the latest editions here.

2010-2011 Issue

agenda2010The 2010-2011 addition to the Global Agenda series features all-new content since the 2009 edition, including the latest developments in the quest for an international agreement on climate change, the debate over whether international aid works and an evaluation of how well the new Human Rights Council is working. The 2010 edition also looks at global instability, the growth in peacekeeping, the evolution of the International Criminal Court and lagging efforts at UN reform.


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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says: "'A Global Agenda' is essential reading for diplomats, scholars, students and anyone seeking in-depth information and expert analysis on the United Nations and the challenges of our times. This is an invaluable reference tool on how the United Nations engages around the world and across the agenda."

The authors of "A Global Agenda" include Jean-Marie Guéhenno on the UN's response to the changing nature of global conflict; Jayantha Dhanapala on the multilateral approaches to taming international insecurity; and Robert P. Finn assessing the gains and setbacks in Afghanistan since 2001.

Barbara Crossette looks at UN Women, the new women's agency. James Cockayne evaluates the UN counterterrorism role. Sir Brian Urquhart's foreword calls for big changes at the UN; Jeffrey Laurenti probes the evolving relationship between the UN and President Obama; and Evelyn Leopold profiles Susan E. Rice, Washington's top diplomat at the UN.

"A Global Agenda" (ISBN 978-0-9845691-0-6) retails for about $20 and is available at the UN Book store and online at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Powell's.


2009-2010 Issue

agenda2009Many of you are already familiar with the series, which was last published in 2006. "A Global Agenda" is an essential academic and policy guide for diplomats, academics and students seeking in-depth information about the issues facing the UN. The topics in this new edition tackle climate change, international security, peacekeeping efforts, humanitarian assistance and development aid, human rights, international justice and UN reform.


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The authors of "A Global Agenda" read like a who's who of policy experts, academics and journalists: Jayantha Dhanapala writes about the nuances of disarmament; Alistair Millar and Eric Rosand describe UN efforts to combat terrorism; and Irwin Arieff details the workings of the International Criminal Court. Thomas R. Pickering is interviewed on strategies in Afghanistan; and James Cockayne dissects the UN's role during the recent wars in Iraq. Roger A. Coate takes on protecting the environment; while Mark Turner examines UN peacekeeping roles.

In a plea for the UN to remake itself, the eloquent Sir Brian Urquhart writes in his preface that "No one, however, should underestimate the difficulty of streamlining a representative body of 192 sovereign states, working in six languages on a vast range of subjects, many of them controversial."

Published by UNA-USA in collaboration with Kyung Hee University in Seoul, "A Global Agenda" is also rich with expertise from its advisory board. Leading that group was Barbara Crossette, a former foreign correspondent and UN bureau chief for The New York Times, and the UN historian and commentator Stephen Schlesinger. William H. Luers, who served as president of UNA-USA for 11 years, provided overall direction and arranged the collaboration with Kyung Hee. Dulcie Leimbach, UNA-USA's publications director, was the editor.


2006-2006 Issue

agenda-2005For more than two decades, UNA-USA's annual publication, A Global Agenda: Issues Before the General Assembly of the United Nations, served as the ultimate authority on the full spectrum of UN activity—the Security Council, General Assembly, specialized agencies and more. The publication features essays, expert commentaries and a reference section.

The 2005-2006 edition was published in August 2005 --just in time for the fall semester and the opening of the 60th Genearl Assembly. This edition had a special focus on UN reform the UN high-level panel on threats, challenges and change, the Millennium Project report and Secretary-General Kofi Annan's "In Larger Freedom" report. Other chapters covered peace and security, the Millennium Development Goals and their five-year review, human rights and humanitarian assistance, including natural disaster response, trade, health, terrorism, the use of force and international law.

The book is available directly from UNA-USA for $28.95. A discount of 20 percent is available to university bookstores, UNA-USA Chapter and Division members and members of UNA-USA's Council of Organizations. To order, email jcatapano@unausa.org.

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