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Globalisation and New World Order-What Future for the United Nations

What Future for the United Nations? Rajni Kothari Decline of the United Nations, along with that of the nation-state, is happening at a time when a new phase of world corporate capitalism is being ushered in. Yet, the oppressed peoples of the world need the broad umbrella of the UN which will restore the democratic and liberating role of the nation-state, return to the issue of equity between and within nations, and re-emphasise the North-South dimension of world order WILL the call of the turn of the century and the dawn of a new millennium be responded by humanity retrieving lost ground or even breaking wholly new ground, or will it take us further along a slowly engulfing nemesis pushing us towards a precipice? Not the precipice of a nuclear war but perhaps something more dreadful, namely, the dissolution of the human civihsational enterprise as such: not moving forward to but rather receding into the 21 st century. I have in mind not some doomsday prediction caused by forces beyond our control but a nemesis brought about by our own actions and inactions that are leading to an erosion of institutions that we thoughl we had created to provide 'unity' and 'order'.

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