The Centre for the Study of United Nations aims to develop a learning platform on opportunities and limits of the UN by enhancing research and building knowledge on how the United Nations system works both in terms of institutional development and in terms of promotion and implementation of various multilateral policies. The Centre fits very well with the global vision and global aspirations of Jindal Global Law School and also with O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University) commitment to independent scholarship and academic freedom.
In 1953 the first UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie welcomed Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General, arriving in New York, saying: “Welcome, Dag, to the most impossible job on this earth.” The UN has been often criticized and turned into a scapegoat, when states failed to live up to the initial expectations of its founders. But let’s also remind what Dag Hammarskjöld famously once said that the UN “was not created to take us to heaven, but to save us from hell”. The Centre for the Study of United Nations engages in projects studying the history and the traditions but also takes a transformative approach to research, teaching and societal engagement, having in mind latest dynamic geopolitical and technological shifts.
The modern world has become dangerously over-armed, over-populated and over-heated, and states cannot deal with the challenges alone. They need international co-operation to foster common actions. They need also consistent support from civil society and private sector. The Centre therefore promotes dialogue and mutual understanding across and between academics, practitioners, civil society and students in India and abroad. It aims to build and disseminate knowledge on the most pressing global problems and possible solutions, to assist in developing capacity among stake-holders.
The Centre for UN Studies at JGU was established in 2015 with the aim to:
- Identify knowledge gaps and undertake individual and collaborative research related to the UN institutional developments and its role in international peace and security, human rights, sustainable development, climate change etc. and publish the outcomes of this research.
- Engage with partner universities, think-tanks and other academic bodies in India and abroad to analyse, brainstorm and issue recommendations as to how to reform and strengthen the UN system.
- Organize public lectures, conferences, workshops, debates and other events, facilitating exchange of experiences and viewpoints, disseminating knowledge on the UN, engaging faculty and students in deliberations and discussions on most pressing contemporary global issues.
- Organize career events for students interested to work in the UN and its vast network of agencies, inviting representatives of UN agencies based in Delhi or visiting UN practitioners.
The Centre formulates collaborative research projects, each having its specific partnership, focus, scope, budget and implementation schedule. Normally a project will run between 2 and 3 years, engaging a dozen of scholars and will result in edited books or special issues in academic journals. Projects will normally start with a planning meeting, followed by concept drafting, a scope conference with partners, donors, beneficiaries, call for papers, project workshop followed by editing books or special issues in journals. The publications will be promoted at book launches and presentations at academic conferences.
Book name: Fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals On a Quest for a Sustainable World
Edited by Narinder Kakar, Vesselin Popovski, Nicolas A. Robinson
This book contains assessment of the progress, or the lack of it, in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through review of the assessments and of case studies, readers can draw lessons from the actions that could work to positively address the goals.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is designed to catalyze action in critical areas of importance to humanity and the planet. The effort to implement the SDGs, however, demands a sense of urgency in the face of environmental degradation, climate change, emerging conflicts, and growing inequality, among a number of other socio-economic problems. Five years after the launch of the 2030 Agenda, this book takes stock of how far the world has come and how we can position ourselves to achieve the global targets. The book is one of the first to assess how the implementation is impeded by the onset of COVID-19. It contains a special chapter on COVID-19 and the SDGs, while many thematic chapters on different SDGs also assess how COVID-19 adversely affects implementation, and what measures could be taken to minimize the adverse effects.
This publication thus provides a fresh look at implementation of the SDGs highlighting impactful and creative actions that go beyond the business-as-usual development efforts. The volume reinforces this analysis with expert recommendations on how to support implementation efforts and achieve the SDGs through international and national strategies and the involvement of both the public and private sectors. The result is an indispensable textual tool for policy makers, academia, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the public, as we march toward the 2030 deadline.
The Jindal Society of International Law is a student-led initiative under the aegis of the Centre for the Study of United Nations, and guidance of Faculty Coordinator Professor (Dr.) Vesselin Popovski. Founded in 2020, this Society is an initiative to inculcate interest and interests of young international law enthusiasts. More Detail
The Centre for the Study of the United Nations (later ‘The Centre’) was set up in 2015 as a learning platform to explore and analyse the opportunities and the limits of the United Nations (UN) system as part of the global governance.