Critical Choices: The United Nations, Networks, and the Future of Global Governance

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The new global environment requires new approaches, new ideas and innovative tools to address new challenges in areas as different as weapons control, climate change, genetic engineering, and labor standards. Critical Choices looks at one such tool: global public policy networks. In these networks, governments, international organizations, the corporate sector and civil society join together to achieve what none can accomplish on its own. The authors explore both the promises and the limitations of this new form of global cooperation. They discuss how such networks might contribute to better manage the risks and make use of the opportunities that globalization presents. Finally, they offer provocative advice and solid recommendations on how the United Nations can foster such networks in the years ahead.

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Wolfgang H. Reinicke is a Director of the UN Vision Project on Global Public Policy Networks and Senior Partner and Senior Economist in the Corporate Strategy Group of the World Bank. From 1991 to 1998, Dr Reinicke was Senior Scholar at the Brooking Institution. He has also worked for the US Agency for International Development, the US National Academy of Sciences, Roland Berger (Munich), and the Dresdner Bank (London). Dr Reinicke is a fellow of the World Economic Forum and an advisor to several European and US foundations. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and has held teaching positions at several universities in the United States.

Francis Deng is a Director of the UN Vision Project on Global Public Policy Networks and Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Dr Deng has served as the Sudan's ambassador to Canada, the Scandanavian countries, and the United States and, from 1976 to 1980, was Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Sudan. In 1992, Dr Deng was appointed as Special Representative on internally displaced persons worldwide by UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. He is a former Guest Scholar and Senior Research Associate of the Woodrow Wilson Center, a former Distinguished Fellow of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and a former Jennings Randolph Distinguished Fellow at the US Institute of Peace. .

Jan Martin Witte is a Research Associate with the UN Vision Project on Global Public Policy Networks and a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

Beth Whitaker is a Research Associate with the UN Vision Project on Global Public Policy Networks and a Senior Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

John Gershman is a Research Associate with the UN Vision Project on Global Public Policy Networks and a visiting graduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

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