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. 25, No. 1, March

A Political Issue, a Practical Matter
A political issue, A practical matter Peaceful uses of outer space: The peaceful uses of outer space, a subject before the General Assembly since 1958, extend in many directions: from the mapping of lakes and streams from satellites spinning...
Argentina and United Kingdom Asked to Resolve Future of Falklands (Malvinas.) (Includes Related Article on South Atlantic)
Argentina and United Kingdom asked to resolve future of Falklands (Malvinas) Argentina and the United Kingdom have been asked by the General Assembly to initiate negotiations to resolve problems pending between them regarding the future of the Falkland...
Assembly Adopts $1.77 Billion Budget for 1988-89; May Reconvene to Discuss Money Crunch; UN Could Be 'Insolvent' by Mid-1988, Secretary-General Warns
Assembly adopts $1.77 billion budget for 1988-89; may reconvene to discuss money crunch UN could be 'insolvent' by mid-1988, Secretary-General warns At 3:55 a.m. on 20 December, after a siege-like final session lasting eight hours, a weary Fifth...
Assembly Asks All States to Support Middle East Peace Conference
Assembly asks all states to support Middle East peace conference The convening under United Nations auspices of an international peace conference on the Middle East has been again endorsed by the General Assembly, as was the call for a creation of...
Assembly Calls for Action to Strengthen International Security
Assembly calls for action to strengthen international security Reaffirming that the collective security mechanism embodied in the United Nations Charter constituted "the fundamental and irreplaceable instrument" for preserving international peace...
Assembly Endorses Four Principal Components of Kampuchean Settlement
Assembly endorses four principal components of Kampuchean settlement THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY on 14 October reiterated its conviction regarding the four principal components of any just and lasting resolution of the Kampuchean problem: withdrawal of...
Assembly Expresses 'Firmest Support' for Peace Plan for Central America; Special Plan of Co-Operation to Be Ready in April 1988
Assembly expresses 'firmest support' for peace plan for Central America Special plan of co-operation to be ready in April 1988 In its first political action, the forty-second General Assembly expressed its "firmest support" for the Guatemala...
Assembly Marks UNIFEM's First Decade, Reiterates Support for Equal Rights
Assembly marks UNIFEM's first decade, reiterates support for equal rights As the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) celebrated the end of its first decade in October 1987, the General Assembly recommitted itself to principles of sexual...
Cyprus Force Mandate Extended through 15 June
Cyprus Force mandate extended through 15 June The Security Council on 14 December 1987 extended the mandate of the United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months until 15 June 1988. The Council, in adopting resolution 604 (1987)...
Declaration on Non-Use of Force Adopted, Views on Terrorism Conference Sought
Declaration on Non-Use of Force adopted, Views on terrorism conference sought A declaration on the non-use of force in international relations was adopted without vote by the General Assembly on 18 November. The 33-article document sets out principles...
'Decolonization Remains High on Agenda of International Community.'
'Decolonization remains high on agenda of international community' When the United Nations was founded in 1945, 750 million people -- almost a third of the world's population -- lived in non-self-governing Territories dependent on colonial Powers....
Developing Countries Owe More Than $1,000 Billion; Solutions Must Be Urgently Sought
Developing countries owe more than $1,000 billion; solutions must be urgently sought The size of the external debt of developing countries -- more than $1,000 billion in 1987 -- continues to increase, Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar has...
Economic Drought Strangles African Recovery: Assembly Calls for Increased Aid, Debt Relief
Economic drought strangles African recovery Assembly calls for increased aid, debt relief Despite courageous internal reform by African Governments since 1986, spiralling debt, cuts in foreign aid and the crash of commodity prices threaten to...
General Assembly Pledges Support for War against AIDS
General Assembly pledges support for war against AIDS Over the next five years, as many as 3 million more people worldwide could develop acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), a debilitating, fatal disease which has now reached pandemic proportions...
Global Population over 60 Increasing Rapidly; UN Role in Solving Their Problems Stressed
Global population over 60 increasing rapidly; UN role in solving their problems stressed The global population of people over 60 years of age will increase to 610 million in the year 2000, up from 380 million in 1980. By the year 2025, more than...
Global Strategy for Shelter for All by Year 2000 Asked at Climax of International Year
Global Strategy for Shelter for All by Year 2000 asked at climax of Inter- national Year The formulation of a Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000 by the UN Commission on Human Settlements has been endorsed by the General Assembly as a climax...
No Consensus on Antarctica
No consensus on Antarctica Despite intensive efforts to reach consensus, the forty-second General Assembly adopted two resolutions on the question of Antarctica by roll-call votes. In a text approved by 122 votes to none, with 9 abstentions, the...
People Only Live Full Lives in the Light of Human Rights
People only live full lives in the light of Human Rights The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the light of so many lives, essential to people in everything they do. Its simple words set forth inalienable rights -- civil, political,...
Political Solution for Situation Relating to Afghanistan Urged
Political solution for situation relating to Afghanistan urged The immediate withdrawal of the foreign troops from Afghanistan has again been called for by the General Assembly. All parties concerned were asked to work for the "urgent achievement...
Sovereignty of Comoros over Island of Mayotte Reaffirmed
Sovereignty of Comoros over island of Mayotte reaffirmed Reaffirming the sovereignty of the Comoros over the island of Mayotte, located in the Indian Ocean, the General Assembly on 11 November again urged France to accelerate the process of negotiations...
The Nations Speak: General Debate, 1987
The Nations Speak General Debate, 1987 A record number of 152 speakers came to the podium of the blue and gilt General Assembly Hall during the Assembly's 1987 "general debate" -- a three-week period at the beginning of each Assembly session that...
'The Strength and Will of All People Are Required.' (Statements of Javier Perez De Cuellar in Observance of Commemorative Days & Weeks in October & December) (Transcript)
'The strength and will of all people are required' On the occasion of United Nations Day, 24 October: We face today major threats -- hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, illicit drugs, continuing infringement of human rights including...
The United Nations: 'Not Isolated, but in Harmony.' (Highlights of 42nd Session)
The United Nations 'Not isolated, but in harmony' In observance or World Habitat Day, 5 October: Most of us take for granted an adequate roof over our heads, the provision of water, sanitation, drainage and waste removal and services such...
Third Special Session on Disarmament Set for May-June in New York: Assembly Adopts Record Number of Texts by Consensus
Third special session on disarmament set for May/June in New York Assembly adopts record number of texts by consensus The disarmament debate in the First Committee (Political and Security) took place against a diverse, even contradictory backdrop:...
To Help Our Planet Survive
To help our planet survive FIFTEEN years after the convening of the first world conference on the environment -- in Stockholm in 1972 -- the General Assembly has adopted a major document to guide Governments in helping to achieve environmentally-sound...
Urgent Appeals Made for Mandatory Sanctions against South Africa; Assembly Adopts 13 Texts on Apartheid, Namibia
Urgent appeals made for mandatory sanctions against South Africa Assembly adopts 13 texts on apartheid, Namibia Urgent appeals to the Security Council to impose comprehensive mandatory sanctions against South Africa have been made again by the...
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