The United Nations and the Regions

Third World Report on Regional Integration

  • Philippe De Lombaerde
  • Francis Baert
  • Tânia Felício

Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Francis Baert, Tânia Felício, Philippe De Lombaerde
    Pages 1-13
  3. Regional Actorness and Representation

  4. Regional Organisations and Peace and Security

  5. Regional Organisations, Human Security, Sustainable Development and Human Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Kennedy Graham
      Pages 189-213
    3. Bob Deacon
      Pages 223-233
    4. Richard Gowan, Franziska Brantner
      Pages 243-248
    5. Francis Baert, Tânia Felício, Philippe De Lombaerde
      Pages 249-253
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-272

About this book


This unique book investigates the implications of the rising importance of supra-national regional organizations for global governance in general, and for the United Nations, in particular. It touches upon issues such as regional representation at the UN, high-level dialogues with regional organisations, as well as the coordination of UN member states’ voting behaviour in the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council. The book further explores the regional dimension and coordination of UN operations in areas such as peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development. The contributions to the book are both in-depth chapters and shorter viewpoints, written by a combination of academics, policy-makers at regional organizations, and experts from international think tanks. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of global governance.

“[...] new avenues for joint action between the League and the UN shall continue to be explored. The ultimate goal remains [...] the wider coherence of the constructive relationship between the UN and regional organisations.

Amre Moussa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States



 “[...] with due regard to to the political sensitivities of the challenge, it is possible to engage in reform of the UN whereby greater consistency and coherence can be attained to streamline the operational partnership between the UN and regional organisations.”

Kennedy Graham, Member of Parliament, New Zealand



Human Rights Peace Regions UN Security Council United Nations global governance regional organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Philippe De Lombaerde
    • 1
  • Francis Baert
    • 2
  • Tânia Felício
    • 3
  1. 1.Comparative Regional Integration, Studies (CRIS)United Nations University (UNU)BruggeBelgium
  2. 2.UNU-CRISBruggeBelgium
  3. 3.United Nations Integrated Mission in TimDibiEast Timor

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