Global problems require global solutions. The United Nations as
presently constituted, however, is incapable of addressing many
global problems effectively. One nation? one vote decisionmaking in
most UN agencies fails to reflect the distribution of power in the
world at large, while the allocation of power in the Security
Council is both unfair and anachronistic. Hence, nations are
reluctant to endow the United Nations with the authority and the
resources it needs. Extensive reform is essential.
This analysis is rooted in the proposition that the design of
decisionmaking systems greatly affects their legitimacy and
effectiveness. Joseph Schwartzberg proposes numerous systemic
improvements to the UN system, largely through weighted voting
formulas that balance the needs of shareholders and stakeholders in
diverse agencies. It indicates ways in which the interests of
regions can supplement those of nations while voices of
nongovernmental organizations and ordinary citizens can also be
heard. In numerous contexts, it promotes meritocracy and gender
The book's aim is not to create an unrealistic utopia, but
rather to establish a workable world in which the force of law
supplants the law of force; a world committed to justice and
continuous yet sustainable development. The author argues that,
given the many existential threats now confronting our planet, the
time frame for decisive action is short. The task is daunting and
success is not guaranteed, but in view of the urgency of our
situation, we can find ways of mustering the will, imagination, and
resources to do the job.
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