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Development Cooperation Of The UN System

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This chapter presents an overview of the historical evolution of the UN system's international development cooperation (UN system), focusing in particular, on the operational side of this system. The analysis shows UN system development cooperation began as an assistance or aid effort. Globalization calls for more behind- the-border policy harmonization; and it calls for more decisive management of cross-border spillovers like pollution or communicable diseases. A further fundamental change in UN system development cooperation has been its transformation from an essentially intergovernmental process to a multi-actor process characterized by increasing public-private partnering and the use of markets and market-based instruments in promoting global public policy concerns. One important role of the UN system's different agencies and bodies is to facilitate exchange of policy experiences among member states to forge a better understanding for international norm and standard setting. The second is international development cooperation, on which this chapter primarily focuses.

Keywords: globalization; international development cooperation; public-private partnering; UN System; United Nations Development Programme



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