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Report Presents Ideas Essential To U.N. Development Discussions

The New York University Center on International Cooperation recently published a study, titled “United Nations Development at a Crossroads,” which includes several case studies on development issues. “Any effort to improve the impact of the U.N. development system, and make it relevant to today’s challenges, must have as a starting point the recognition of the need for change by a critical mass of stakeholders,” the report summary states, adding, “There are many different ways of doing this. This report contributes a number of ideas and a baseline of data that are critical for such a dialogue.” The case studies address several issues, including global governance and food security (.pdf), existential challenges to global health (.pdf), and the U.N.’s role in sustainable development (.pdf), among others (August 2013).