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. 34, No. 3, Fall

'A Culture of Communication.' (Report from the Task Force on the Reorientation of United Nations Public Information Activities)
In his letter dated 17 March 1997 addressed to the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General had identified as a principal challenge the need for a strengthened communications and information operation, which would help increase global...
Allegations of Criminality in Peacekeeping Missions: 'UN Cannot Be Indifferent.'
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bernard Miyet said at a Headquarters press briefing on 20 June that it was an understatement to say that the United Nations could not be indifferent to recent press reports of alleged criminal acts...
Assessment: Civilization under Siege
Every time we turn on a light, use the clothes washer of listen to music on the stereo in a country that produces power by burning coal or oil, we add to the amount of carbon dioxide ([CO.sub.2]) that is released into the atmosphere. When we jump...
'Chemical Weapons Convention Unique Test Case.'
On 29 April 1997, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction--the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)--entered into force. Responsible for implementing the Convention...
Disarmament
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced plans to establish a new Department for Disarmament and Arms Regulation. Under its proposed mandate, the Department would as a priority develop strategies and policies to prevent the proliferation of all...
Doing Business with the UN
The United Nations system spends $3.7 billion a year on goods and services to carry out its many programmes throughout the world. Of this, 51.1 billion is spent to support United Nations peacekeeping operations around the globe. The remaining $2.6...
ECOSOC Discusses 'Enabling Environment for Developement.' (Economic and Social Council)
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) suspended its 1997 substantive work on 25 July, following a four-week session at Geneva, which gave particular attention to "fostering an enabling environment for development" and how that goal might be affected...
From Silent Spring to Vocal Vanguard
Wildlife and humans the world over are carrying vast numbers of measurable man-made chemicals in their bodies that were never in anyone's body before the 1920s. There is now undeniable evidence that a female shares some of these chemicals with her...
From the Secretary-General
A broad set of measures that would move the United Nations firmly along the road to major and fundamental reform was proposed by Mr. Kofi Annan on 16 July. In this excerpt from his report, the Secretary-General acknowledges "a sizable gap between aspiration...
Gray Is the Theory, but Green Is the Tree of Life
An eleventh hour compromise at "Earth Summit +5", held in New York from 23 to 27 June, just managed to keep hopes alive that countries might yet agree to a legally binding timetable of cuts in greenhouse gases when they meet in Kyoto, Japan, in December...
'Incremental Adaptations Will Not Suffice.' (Kofi Annan's Plans for the UN)
While describing himself as "prudently optimistic" about the overall functioning and efficacy of the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reaffirmed that the Organization must "undergo fundamental, not piecemeal, reform". Since taking...
International Migration: What Prompts It? What Problems Arise?
A technical symposium on issues regarding international migration, including policies concerning the management of migration by recipient and sending countries, would he held in 1998 under the auspices of the Working Group on International Migration...
Opinion
As the twenty-first century draws nearer, we are witnessing an era where foreign policy and international relations are increasingly values-driven. The United States and other major countries from the vanguard of what amounts to a universal crusade...
Our Common Humanitarian Goals
On Rotary International and the United Nations: Rotary was one of the mentors of the United Nations from the beginning, and has been very supportive for more than 50 years. At the United Nations, there are two different scenes, fields of action: the...
Population 2050: 9.4 Billion
In the middle of 1996, world population stood at 5.77 trillion persons. Between 1990 and 1995, it grew at the rate of 1.48 per cent per annum, with an average of 81 million persons added each year. This is below the 1.72 per cent per annum at which...
Revitalizing HABITAT
Guiding principles and recommendations to focus the work of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) and improve its efficiency were set out by the Commission on Human Settlements at its sixteenth session in a resolution on revitalizing...
Simplified Treatment for Leprosy
Multidrug therapy (MDT)--the combination of three powerful anti-leprosy drugs--has now successfully cured more than 8.4 million sufferers since 1981, and the global strategy to eliminate the disease, which is based on MDT, is working extremely well....
Success in South Africa
In this article, Angela E. V. King talks about the impact of women to the peace process in South Africa--the contribution women can make in a United Nations team--and also of South African women and their contribution. She puts in the context of certain...
Targeting Employment
"Over 120 million people worldwide are officially unemployed and many more are underemployed, causing massive personal suffering, widespread social disintegration and huge economic waste. " So begin the Agreed Conclusions of the thirty-95th session...
The Chronicle Interview: Ambassador Hennadiy Udovenko
On major challenges of today's world and the fifty-second session of the General Assembly. The global agenda has never been so pressing and so complex. Every day, the international community, in particular the United Nations, has to deal with...
The New Internationalism: The Fact and the Response
The most common and perhaps the most serious error in modern political and social comment comes from overestimating the power of political and public action. We rejoice in believing that for better, and not too infrequently for worse, leaders--people--are...