Irrelevant or Indispensable? The United Nations in the 21st Century

Published: June 1, 2005

Suffering from a divided membership, the United Nations is at a crossroads. This volume assembles under one cover the perspectives of current practitioners, leading academics, civil society representatives and United Nations officials on transforming the secretary general's reform ideas into action. Their assessments are frank and their views varied, but they do agree on one thing: the United Nations must be made more effective precisely because it is indispensable to the promotion of economic development and collective security in the twenty-first century.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Patricia Goff is a CIGI senior fellow. She is also an associate professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

  • With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as ambassador to Germany, permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and adviser to various prime ministers, Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University.