UN Chronicle

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, Winter

A Global Financial Architecture?
TOWARDS CREATIVE ADAPTIVE REUSE Can the word "architecture" be used legitimately to describe the workings of globalization, that inexorable march of capitalism? In a technical sense, it fits--as in this generic definition of architecture: "The act...
A Revitalized Habitat
Committed to Fighting the Urbanization of Poverty Born in the United Republic of Tanzania, Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka holds a Doctorate of Science in Agriculture Science from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Dedicated to the role and rights of women...
Building Peace in Haiti
With the expiration of the mandate of the United Nations International Civilian Support Mission in Haiti in February 2000, following the Secretary-General's recommendation that it not be renewed, 10 years of intense UN involvement with the Caribbean...
Burundi on the Brink, 1993-95: A UN Special Envoy Reflects on Preventive Diplomacy
By Ahmedou Ould-Abdullah United States Institute of Peace Burundi, a small country in Central Africa with just 6 million people, has known more violence than peace since it became an independent nation in 1962. Its politics has been chaotic,...
Civil Society and a Global Norm
What Should the United Nations Be Doing? "Civil society" is an arena, not a thing, and although it is often seen as the key to future progressive politics, this arena contains different and conflicting interests and agendas. Global institutions...
Disasters: What the United Nations and Its World Can Do
Ironically, it was during a decade dedicated to natural disaster reduction (1990-1999) that we saw some of the worst losses of human life and the largest economic losses in living memory. Hurricanes and cyclones took large tolls in South Asia, the...
Everybody's Born an Artist
The World of United Nations Peoples "How did you get your hair to do that?" A lady at the guest sign-in table stared at the top of my bead. Zoda, a dark-haired native of Tajikistan, also looked. "It's a twisted braid", I offered. But I understood...
Fifteen Years Later. Living after Chernobyl
The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSGEAR) was established in 1955, with a mandate from the United Nations General Assembly to assess and report levels and health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation....
Managing the Globalization Process
THE UN IN THE NEW CENTURY As the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report 1999 states, the present era of globalization is characterized by the following distinctive features: shrinking time and space, and disappearing borders....
Millennium Assembly
Hitting High Notes Harri Holkeri, former Prime Minister of Finland, likens his work us President of the Millennium Assembly to a music conductor's. It is the United Nations Member States who actually play the tune, he told the Chronicle. His "merely...
New Device to Measure Soil, Rock Strength Wins WIPO Award
The H-Ometer, granted the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) annual gold medal award for best invention by a national from a developing country, is a new strength-measuring device developed by a group of researchers at the Mountainous...
On the Threshold: Projects for Accelerating Human Development in the 21st Century
A Century in Restrospect On the threshold of the new millennium, human development is at a major crossroad. The twenty-first century will be shaped by the development choices we make today. Those choices will either lead to the eradication of poverty...
PeaceWatch 2000
The Year in Review Renewed violence in the Middle East and developments in Africa were among the major issues the Security Council dealt with in 2000 as it pursued its mandate of establishing and maintaining global peace and security. As in 1999,...
Reaching Solutions. Reaching Them to Communities That Need Them
Our world is more vulnerable to hazards than ever before. The number of lives lost in disasters is rising steadily. The economic cost of disasters is rising even faster. Yet we, as a community of nations, remain relatively passive. There is a growing...
The Chronicle INTERVIEW
Wendy Fitzwilliam (Trinidad and Tobago), who was crowned Miss Universe in 1998, is the Goodwill Ambassador For the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/RIDS (UNAIDS) and spokesperson For the Face to Face campaign, which is designed to promote and...
The Role of Geneva in the Years to Come
What comes to mind when you think of Geneva? A banking town nestled in the mountains, the city of Calvin, chocolate or gold watches, perhaps. These descriptions gloss over the reality of a major international centre commanding global authority on...
United Nations Chronicle
Soon after we telephoned Ben Wisner to request this issue's cover essay on disaster management, we found ourselves swept into a wirelessed world of indignation and imagination, indignation at what had not been done that could well have been. Imagination...
UNRWA Pioneers Microfinance Programme Benefitting Women and Men
In 2000, International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, was devoted to the issue of women and peace. On 24 and 25 October, the Security Council held its first-ever open session on women, peace and security; calling for broad participation by women...
'Visible Hands': Taking Responsibility for Social Development
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), based in Geneva, recently launched "Visible Hands; Taking Responsibility for Social Development" at the June 2000 five-year review of the World Summit for Social Development. This...
When Disaster Strikes
While several United Nations agencies have round-the-clock programmes to readily meet the needs of those suffering from disasters, many focus on reducing vulnerability in the first place. The Chronicle looks at both sides of disaster management. ...
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