UN Chronicle

A news reference publication published by the United Nations. Reports on UN actions and events as it addresses world issues.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, September-November

An International Perspective on Global Terrorism. (Opinion)
On Tuesday, 11 September, global terrorism struck in the homeland and at the headquarters of globalization. The history of United States international involvement could be split along the dividing line of the attacks: the age of innocence before; and...
Collaborative Partnership on Forests
When the United Nations Forum on Forests concluded its first-ever substantive session in June, it seized the opportunity to define its scope of work for the next five years and design new approaches to international cooperation through the newly formed...
Cooperating on the Nile Not a Zero-Sum Game
"The Nile is a river shared by ten riparian States. Out of these countries, five are among the ten poorest in the world. Their state of poverty, coupled with the alarming population explosion and environmental degradation, necessitate the development...
Coordinating International Cooperation. (Combating Terrorism)
Terrorism is not a new threat. The United Nations is becoming truly united in the face of this historic challenge, rising to a new level of cooperation against not only the groups and individuals who threaten our way of life but also the networks and...
Dams and Development Harnessing Collective Energies. (Notes from the Chair)
On 16 November 2000 in London, the World Commission on Dams (WCD) launched "Dams And Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making"--a report which will have a profound impact not only on the future role of the $42-billion dam industry, but on how...
'Do You Not See the Heart in the Stars?' (Lighting Candles for the Missing)
Many of the victims of the terrorist attacks of 11 September were young people, often at the beginning of their professional lives, as indeed were many firemen and rescue workers who lost their lives when the World Trade Center towers collapsed. Around...
FAO Special Programme for Food Security. (Focus)
In 1994, the FAO Director-General initiated a review of the Organizations priorities, programmes and strategies, which concluded that improving food security should be reaffirmed as its top priority, and the urgent need for its programmes to focus...
Food Security: The Challenge Remains
The twentieth century witnessed a remarkable agricultural revolution which led to global food production rising even faster than the unprecedented rate of population growth. The world's formers and fishermen now produce more than enough food for every...
Global Agricultural Trade in the New Century Moving Forward or Retreating?
International trade in food and agricultural products is vital and will become even more so in the new century. It is especially vital for those countries that depend on imports to feed their population, among them a number of developing countries,...
"Good" Globalization. (Unconventional: A Point of View)
Globalization of agriculture has long progressed at various frontiers. It is a mixed blessing. Carefully designed policies adapted to regional conditions are called for to foster the potential benefits for people and the ecology, and to prevent risks....
Hope's Edge Finding Our Path in Uncertain Times
We were finishing this article when we Learned of the terrorist attack on the United States. One of us was in a plane headed to Nairobi, the other in a train headed to New York City. We were both turned back and have since spent the days alternating...
Hunger Keeps People Poor. (SystemWatch)
The world's poorest nations were repeatedly hit by both natural and man-made emergencies in 2000, and the combination of these two emergencies not only has a major impact on the poorest but all too often can prevent the humanitarian relief community...
In India Project Nashta
1981. Samadhan is just an idea. In Delhi's low-income resettlement colonies, residents are a heterogeneous mix of different cultures, religions, languages and even cuisine. With no resources for information, awareness or available services, families...
International Instruments against Terrorism
Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft (Developed by ICAO and adopted in Tokyo in 1963; 171 States parties as of 17 September 2001) Known as the "Tokyo Convention", this treaty applies to acts affecting in-flight...
In Thailand, the Basics of Need
Thailand, with a population of 6l million, has been highly successful in rapidly reducing the prevalence of malnutrition, a relatively rare occurrence in the developing world. One key to the very significant and rapid progress came with the fifth development...
Like "An Axe in the Hands of a Pathological Criminal"? (Reflections)
An ever-increasing number of people around the world are focusing their energies to address and express their worries and concerns that scientific advance may change the safety of the food we eat and pose risks to the environment in which we live....
Networks of Institutions, Networks of Solutions. (Essay)
The Human Development Report 2001 of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has introduced the Technology Achievement Index, which is an aggregation of four groups of indicators relating to the creation of technology, diffusion of recent innovations,...
Not a Lack of Food but a Lack of Access
During the last fifty years, there has been a phenomenal rise in world population. According to available projections, the world population figure for 1997 will increase by 1,297 million by the year 2015. A great part of this increase is expected to...
Nurturing Economic Growth through Nutrition
Economic growth can be positively influenced by improved nutrition, FAO says in a special section of its annual report, The State of Food and Agriculture 2001: "The impact of nutrition on labour productivity, health and education ultimately filters...
Perspectives
In the wake of the terrorist attacks, calls for the strengthening of existing international instruments to combat terrorism have gained new urgency. Among the various proposals are calls for convening a world summit on terrorism, addressing the threat...
River of Hope and Promise
The River Nile is one of the world's great rivers. For millennia, this unique waterway has nourished varied livelihoods, an array of ecosystems and a rich diversity of cultures. The river basin is characterized by a variety of landscapes--with high...
Steering Normative Waters from Ethical Shores. (Thinking Aloud)
FAO has constitutional obligations to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to secure improvements in the efficiency of the production and distribution of all food and agricultural products, to better the conditions of rural populations,...
The Real Cost of Hunger
Hunger is a political condition. The earth has enough knowledge and resources to eradicate this ancient scourge. Hunger has plagued the world for thousands of years. But ending it is a greater moral imperative now than ever before, because for the...
The United Nations Response
The 11 September attack claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people from 80 nations. On 12 September, both the General Assembly and the Security Council adopted strong resolutions "unequivocally" condemning the "heinous acts of terrorism" and vowing...
The Well-Fed Have Many Problems, the Hungry Only One. (Mission Statement)
There is general agreement within the international community that we are not currently on track to reach the goal of the World Food Summit: to reduce by half the number of undernourished people in the world by the year 2015. In other words, the state...
Time to Move from Generalities. (Rights Watch)
The persistent hunger suffered by hundreds of millions in a world of plenty is widely recognized to be an affront to humanity. The leaders of the world assembled in Rome in 1996 for the World Food Summit declared it intolerable and unacceptable that...
Touching Human Freedoms and the World's Economy. (Looking Ahead)
In 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will celebrate its 70th anniversary. What will it be doing then? What should it be doing between now and then? Its field of action touches on the most basic of human rights...
Visit to 'Ground Zero'
A thousand photographs of the devastation caused by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center do not prepare you for the reality. On 18 September, in expression of condolence as well as recognition that this was an attack that affected the whole...
We Can Have Enough Food. (Globeglance)
Only 3,500 calories of energy are needed by a person to live adequately for a day. Yet, the average consumption in the developed world exceeds 35,000 calories per day. Hunger is not something invited but forced upon by some unfortunate, ruthless man-made...
'We Need Jazz More Than Ever'
Where were you when the twin towers came down? Most New Yorkers can answer that question without hesitation--still asleep; headed for a doctor's appointment; at the office or on the train were some responses. Each story unfolds differently. But all...
Why Did the California Sardine Disappear? and Other Mysteries of the Deep
The end of one century and the beginning of the next provide us a vantage point to look back and see how fisheries policy and practice have evolved over the last 50 years and to articulate what is likely to happen in the proximate future. This discussion...