CUNS will seek primarily:
1) To research and analyze complex issues surrounding the work of the United Nations in terms of institutional developments and the UN role in international law making, conflict prevention, peacekeeping, respect and promotion of human rights.
2) To develop capacity and knowledge focused on solutions of the most pressing global problems. Apart from fundamental issues of peace and security, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, the CUNS projects will also disseminate knowledge on economic and social development, human rights, gender equality, good governance.
3) To facilitate exchange of experiences between scholars and UN practitioners, engage UN agencies based in Delhi, brainstorm and make policy recommendations on how to strengthen the UN system (incl. specialized agencies, funds and programs) and promote the UN in India and abroad.
The Centre will formulate 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 10-12 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.
The first two projects that the CUNS plans to undertake are:
1. The reform of the UN principal organs
2. Sustainable Development Goals and Integrity Systems
THE CUNS will collaborate with partner universities around the world for joint research, joint conferences and joint publications.
1. The CUNS will organize annual Model UN General Assembly and Model UN Security Council in JGU coaching students to make country presentations, to debate and develop skills, necessary for work in diplomatic missions and multilateral organizations.
2. The CUNS will organize public lectures in JGU or in Delhi inviting distinguished visiting scholars or senior UN officials
The CUNS will consist of one full Professor, one Associate Professor and one Research Associate. If external funding is raised, fixed term research assistants can be hired. Students can volunteer and develop working skills at the CUNS. Once the JGLS PhD programs start the CUNS can supervise one PhD student.
The meetings of the CUNS will be held once a week during semester time to coordinate the work and report the progression of projects.
Annually the work of the CUNS will be reported to the Dean of the School.
Publications and other achievements will be reported regularly, and at least once every quarter the CUNS webpage will be updated and efforts made to make it attractive for partners to approach CUNS and propose collaborations