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In two respects the process of globalization is of importance to the United Nations. On the one hand, the UN has itself participated actively in topics with global range during recent decades. On the other hand, globalization confronts the UN itself with new challenges. While the UN member states capacity for leadership and action is decreasing, Kratochwil (1997, 76) speaks of a disappearance of the public, and of states being more and more price takers instead of price makers, parts of the civil society are becoming stronger, and demand a say in the framework of the UN. Apart from the response to such structural challenges, the UN has to tackle a number of new substantial tasks. With a view to the UNs distinctive aim of securing international peace and security, it will be particularly important to avoid negative side effects of globalization, and to resolve upcoming distributive conflicts.

Keywords: globalization; international law; United Nations



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