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Can the international community meet the challenges ahead of us? by Martti Ahtisaari

The Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture 2008: Can the International Community Meet the Challenges Ahead of Us? “It’s easy to feel desperate when thinking about the challenges facing the international community and how to meet them. But in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld, let’s not shy away from the difficult”, said Ahtisaari in his speech.

The Quest for Regional Representation – Reforming the United Nations Security Council

There is widespread discontent among the now 192 member states of the United Nations with its Security Council – the most powerful of the UN’s six principal organs as it is entrusted with the ‘primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security’. Of the Security Council’s 15 members, fi ve are privileged since […]

Camus and Gandhi – Essays on Political Philosophy in Hammarskjöld’s Times

The three essays in this volume draw attention to political-philosophical views of a libertarian form of humanism, which have not lost their relevance in our world of today. The impact both Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) and Albert Camus (1913-1960) had on the struggles for social emancipation was not confined to their lifetimes nor to their societies. […]

Beyond Diplomacy – Perspectives on Dag Hammarskjöld from the papers of George Ivan Smith and the Ezra Pound case

These two essays by authors who have undertaken long-term research on Dag Hammarskjöld offer fascinating new insights into the second UN Secretary-General through two very different relationships he cultivated. One essay is based on the archives of George Ivan Smith, who was among Hammarskjöld’s closest companions at the United Nations. The narrative allows us an […]

World Government Assessment

The second round of the WGA survey have been published as an ODI working paper.

People’s Charter for Health (Burmese translation)

The translation was made as a preparation for a seminar on Health policies in Burma, held in February 2008. It is in three parts, the charter, the Mumbai Declaration and a separate charter on HIV-AIDS. 

Global Civil Society – More or Less Democracy?

Issue no.49 of Development Dialogue presents the contested concept of ‘global civil society’, and invites further reflection on various developments it represents.