UN Chronicle

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Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, June

1989 Achievements in Space Noted by UN Committee
Among them were: The launching in May by the United States of the Magellan spacecraft headed for Venus, and in October, the Galileo spacecraft travelling to jupiter. The completion in August 1989 of the 12-year journey of the United States Voyager...
Afghan Question: A Growing Commitment to Political Solution
Secretary-General javier Perez de Cuellar on 15 February said he saw a growing commitment to a political solution of the Afghan question in his "intensive contacts with all segments of the Afghan population and the Governments concerned". In a statement...
Africa's Economic Performance Improving
Africa's economic performance improved marginally in 1989, but was still not sufficient to reverse the persistent decline in living standards which has made the 1980s a "lost decade for the continent", according to the Economic Commission for Africa...
Argentina, United Kingdom Decide to Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations
Argentina and the United Kingdom have reported further progress in their dialogue aimed at resolving problems pending between them, including the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The two Governments, at a meeting in Madrid on 14 and...
'Big Five' Agree on UN Role in Cambodia
The "Big Five" permanent members of the Security Council-have agreed in principle on an "enhanced United Nations role in the resolution of the Cambodian problem", including the creation of a Namibia-style UN transition group. The ultimate goal: self...
Central America Peace Process Progresses
The Central American peace process progressed in February and March with the successful conclusion of UN-supervised elections in Nicaragua and steps to demobilize the Nicaraguan resistance in that country with assistance from an expanded mandate for...
Charter Committee Reports Progress regarding UN Fact-Finding Process
The Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization, at its 1990 session, reported progress in its work on fact-finding by the UN and approved recommendations on rationalization of existing...
Conference on Disarmament Urged to Speed Work on Chemical Bans
As the Conference on Disarmament opened its 1990 session on 6 February, I heard a renewed appeal from Secretary-General javier Perez de Cuellar to intensify negotiations on an international convention banning chemical weapons. Political consensus in...
General Assembly Message to World: Reduce Drug Demand!
The UN General Assembly has agreed to make an all-out effort to reduce drug demand in consumer developed countries and to aid developing countries trying to eradicate narcotic crops and production. At the end of a four-day special session (20-23...
Global Economy, Global Challenge
As intricate economic lifelines among the countries of the world multiply at breakneck speed, a phenomenon difficult to imagine only a generation ago, the international community is sharply focusing its attention on the global economy and its often...
Human Rights Commission: Effects of Irregular Armed Forces, Drug Traffickers, Child Abuse, Protection of Minorities
The Commission on Human Rights, at its forty-sixth session (29 january9 March, Geneva), covered a wide range of topics, including the consequences of actions by irregular armed forces and drug traffickers, child abuse, the rights of victims of acquired...
ILO Seeks Way to Respond to Dramatic Social and Economic Changes
Ways to respond more vigorously to social and economic changes taking place in the world were explored by the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) at its 1990 spring session (Geneva, 15 February-2 March). Dramatic developments...
Namibia: Independence at Last
President Nujoma smiled broadly. As the leader of the South West Africa People's Organization SWAPO), he had struggled for 24 years to see this day COME to pass. "The whole world, especially Africa, rejoices with Namibia", Mr. Perez de Cuellar...
New Round of Talks on Western Sahara
Secretary-General javier Perez de Cuellar, in the exercise of his good offices' mission for the peaceful resolution of the question of Western Sahara, visited North Africa in late March, where he had talks with the leaders of Morocco and the Popular...
'Operation Salam': To Build a Future
With the Afghan winter now over, "Operation Salam" the United Nations office set up ill 1988 to co-ordinate humanitarian and economic assistance to Afghanistan-is gearing up for a large increase in its activities. Despite the volatile political and...
Proudly She Stands: 'Woman Free.' (Statue by Edwina Sandys)
Dedicated to the advancement of women, a 15-foot tall marble statueWoman Free" stands high above a reflecting pool and a lovely rose garden at the UN Centre in Vienna. The work, created by British sculptor Edwina Sandys, started as a simple doodle...
Recovery Linked to Participation
In a message to the Conference on Popular Participation in the Process of ReCOVery and Development in Africa 12-16 February, Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania), Secretary-General javier Perez de Cuellar pointed to the inescapable link between recovery...
Release of Mandela a "Turning Point" in South African History
Mr. Mandela's freedom, however, would remain incomplete until the majority of the South African people could enjoy equality, dignity and justice, the Committee stated. It urged prompt implementation of all measures required to establish a climate conducive...
Security Council Considers Settlements in Occupied Territories
SR had requested SI21139) that the Council convene to consider what it called "unlawful Israeli moves to settle the occupied territories". It said the Israeli actions ran counter to the fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of...
Security Council Supports Continuing Peace Efforts for Cyprus
The Security Council on 12 March called on the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to pursue their efforts to reach freely a mutually acceptable solution of the problem, providing for a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation, in line with their 1977...
Security Council Supports Direct Talks between Iran and Iraq
On 27 February the Security Council expressed full support for the Secretary-General's efforts to hold "appropriately structured direct talks" between Iran and Iraq under his auspices. The talks would be held with a specific agenda that the Secretary-General...
The 38th Floor
This forum is being held at a time of radical change and an improved political climate. The relationship between the major Power blocs is no longer one of studied hostility. Their policies are no longer bent and warped by the crushing weight of frozen...
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Now Also Speaks to Children
Brazilian artist Otavio Roth says he considers the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be "the most incredible document produced by mankind". The historic document, celebrated as a major UN achievement, was adopted by the UN General Assembly...
To Crush Crime, Humanize Justice
A new breed of crime fighters from all over the world will assemble in Havana, Cuba, from 27 August to 7 September 1990, in a major international effort to hinder the growth of criminality everywhere-from petty or violent street crime bred by drug...
Training Programme for Enterprise to Be in Place by 1991
The Preparatory Commission for the International SeaBed Authority and for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, at its spring session (Kingston, 5-30 March), adopted measures to put in place by 1991 the training programme for the future...
Trusteeship Mission Reports on Palau Voting
A five-member United Nations Visiting Mission, which observed a plebiscite in Palau, has reported that 60.8 per cent of those voting now favoured the Compact of Free Association with the United States, that the referendum was conducted freely, fairly...
UN Doing a Good Job, Polls Find
Results of public opinion pons released on 4 April by Under-Secretary-General for Public Information Therese P Sevigny showed that a majority of people in Australia, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and the 12 member countries of the European Community...
UNIFIL Mandate Renewed until July 1990
The mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was extended for a further six month period until 31 july 1990 by a unanimous decision of the Security Council taken on 31 january. The 12-year-old UN peace-keeping force, currently...
UNITAR: A Dynamic Renaissance in the 1990s
In one of the most ambitious, innovative moves in its 25-year history, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is negotiating the opening of an international training centre for diplomats and other key government specialists...
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