Move UN Too to Switzer­land?

The Economic Times - - The Edit Page -

Your sug­ges­tion in the Edit, ‘Time to Re­lo­cate the UN Out of the US’ (Feb 14), to move the UN head­quar­ters out of the US is sound, but not to In­dia — mainly for cli­matic and geopo­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions. Switzer­land ap­pears the best lo­ca­tion; it al­ready hosts six of the 17 UN spe­cialised agen­cies. Sin­ga­pore or Bel­gium could be other can­di­dates. More­over, there is a need for ‘in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal’ struc­ture to recog­nise that the par­tic­i­pant gov­ern­ments must take into ac­count the views of so­ci­ety, academia, R&D in­sti­tu­tions as well as in­dus­try in the re­spec­tive coun­tries. Fur­ther, mul­ti­stake­holder fund­ing, if in­cor­po­rated in the Struc­ture/Ob­jec­tives, would also be in keep­ing with the times.

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