Global citizenship, market forces, regional arrangements, states and sovereignty and international organization will provide the substantive foci of this work.UN21 will of course draw from previous work carried out by the University, most notably the Multilateralism and the United Nations System project (MUNS), which was recently concluded.Discussions of this kind are by no means unprecedented.
Heitor Gurgulino de Souza Rector, The United Nations University Takashi Inoguchi Despite the worldwide celebrations for its fiftieth anniversary, the United Nations had little to celebrate in reality.
As the post-Cold War euphoria faded, the future of the United Nations became clouded by widespread scepticism and disillusionment about its roles and capabilities.
As a research, training and dissemination exercise, UN21 is expected to span the next five years.
It will be carried out under the umbrella of a high-level international advisory board which will provide advice about evolving research priorities.
For this reason alone, it would need to be nurtured and sustained by a vigorous process of intellectual policy reflection and policy analysis.
A key raison d'être of the United Nations University is to act as a bridge between actors and observers, between scholars and practitioners, between the worlds of knowledge and policy-making.
Can it answer evolving peace and security demands and sub- and trans-state challenges, which are increasingly apparent?
Can an organization which was established on the basis of relations between stable states adapt to issues and problems which do not conform to this paradigm?
The United Nations is a product of its Member States.
It is malleable to their wishes and political will.