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Oral history interview with Louis Emmerij, 2005

Creator: Emmerij, Louis
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP).
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Phys. Desc. :sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

International Politics; Assistant Secretary General and special advisor to Secretary General Kofi Annan; Professor

Scope and Contents

Childhood in Netherlands, born 1934, middle-class upbringing, memories of WWII, education in economics in Paris, Italy, and New York; early exposure to UN. 1960s: PhD, marriage, daughter, economics of education, work with OECD in Mediterranean and Argentina. 1970s: work with WEP and ILO, overseeing labor and economic development in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Ideas for UN structure, employment, and future; tripartite structure of ILO. Economic theory: redistribution from growth, Kenya mission, basic needs, Maslow's hierarchy and New International Economic Order. Teaching and research at ISS, work with Iglesias at Inter-American Development Bank, intellectual framework of UN institutions. Reflections on changes in development policy; importance of human rights and human security


Access Conditions

Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2006

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