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Revitalizing the United Nations: anticipation and prevention as primary goals

Alexandra Novosseloff (Doctor in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Paris II‐Panthéon‐Assas)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



In tackling the on‐going topic of UN reform, one should be honest with the analysis of the problems at stake. It is necessary to first take into account the profound changes that have occurred since the end of the Cold War, as well as acknowledging the limits of an international organization and the shape of the UN system. It is only from that analysis that proposals can be made to rationalize and to make more efficient the functioning of the United Nations. What the organization needs is not only a rationalization, it primarily needs a vision that gives it purpose and meaning. This article proposes that its primary goals should be anticipation and prevention – it should be the advanced guard and the conscience of the world. In this context, the United Nations is an indispensable and priceless instrument in international relations.



Novosseloff, A. (2000), "Revitalizing the United Nations: anticipation and prevention as primary goals", Foresight, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 95-111.




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