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. 29, No. 4, December

100-Day Relief Plan for Somalia Launched; Famine Threatens Millions with Starvation
With famine threatening an estimated 4.5 million people with imminent death from starvation, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Eliasson announced on 14 September that UN agencies would undertake a comprehensive 100-day play to accelerate...
As 179-Member Assembly Opens, an Action-Oriented United Nations Is 'More Intensely Felt Worldwide.' (Includes Related Information on Committee Highlights)
"The presence of the Organization is being more intensely felt worldwide as it helps people in danger, need or despair", UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali asserted as the forty-seventh session of the General Assembly got under way on 15 September...
Chemical Weapons Convention Transmitted to General Assembly
In a major step towards achieving a global ban on chemical weapons, the Conference on Disarmament adopted and transmitted to the General Assembly the text of the 24-article Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and...
Council Expresses 'Utmost Concern' over Wide-Scale Fighting in Kabul
Security Council members, in a 12 August statement, expressed "utmost concern" over the wide-scale fighting which had broken out in Afganistan's capital city of Kabul, resulting in heavy loss of life and property, "including to foreign missions and...
Deep Concern Expressed over Implementation of Paris Agreements in Cambodia
PDK refuses to cooperate in some areas The Security Council on 21 July expressed deep concern at the difficulties met by the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) in implementing the October 1991 Paris Agreements on a comprehensive...
Deployment of UN Observers Authorized for South Africa
The Security Council on 17 August authorized Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to deploy UN observers in South Africa to help end the spiralling cycle of violence, the continuation of which, the Council said, "would seriously jeopardize peace...
Economic and Social Council: May Become 'As Important as Security Council.' (United Nations)
More than 130 resolutions and decisions on human rights, social development, crime, narcotic drugs, the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), women, international economic cooperation, humanitarian aid and other issues were adopted by the Economic...
El Salvador: UN Observer Mission Monitors Human Rights
Although no civilian victims or military casualties have been recorded in El Salvador since the end of the 12-year civil war, UN human rights investigators are documenting violence and abuses which, though tempered, have continued into the peace-keeping...
Ethnic Conflicts Draw UN Fact-Finding Efforts in Former Soviet Republics
With the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the outbreak of violent ethnic conflicts in several of its former republics, the UN has become actively involved in mediation and fact-finding efforts in the new nations of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova...
Human Rights of Minorities: Modern Forms of Slavery Are 'Great Scandal.' (United Nations)
Slavery, sex tourism and xenophobia were among the broad range of issues addressed by the Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at its forty-fourth session (3-28 August, Geneva). Racial discrimination, the rights...
Iraqi Oil Revenues to Be Transferred to Pay for Consequences of Kuwait Invasion
UN inspectors enter Baghdad Ministry after 22-day stand-off The Security Council on 2 October decided to assume control of Iraq's assets frozen outside that country - estimated at between $500 million and $1 billion - to compensate victims of Iraq's...
Mission to Planet Earth: International Space Year, 1992
Since the dawn of civilization, peoples in every land have reached for the heavens. From Canada to Kenya, Peru to Cambodia, Great Britain to China, rings of stone point sunward and ancient buildings align with the stars. The first humans embraced the...
Morocco and POLISARIO Urged to Ensure Success of Settlement Plan
Security Council members on 31 August asked the parties to the Western Sahara conflict to abstain from any provocative behaviour endangering the settlement plan for self-determination of the people of the Territory. The parties - Morocco and the...
Observers Sent to Monitor Mozambique Cease-Fire
Welcoming the signing on 4 October in Rome of a General Peace Agreement for Mozambique between the Government and the Resistencia Nacional Mocambicana (RENAMO), the Security Council on 13 October endorsed the Secretary-General's proposal to appoint...
Overall Agreement on Cyprus Expected
The Security Council on 26 August expressed expectation that an overall framework agreement on Cyprus would be concluded in 1992. In resolution 774 (1992), adopted unanimously, the 15-member body reaffirmed its position that a Cyprus settlement...
Security Council Acts Six More Times on Yugoslav Crisis
Up to 400,000 people could die from the cold and hunger without emergency assitance in the new State of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the winter of 1992, a UN official warned in Geneva on 29 September. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner...
So Proudly They Wave ... Flags of the United Nations
Projecting an image of unity and hope for the future, 179 flags of UN Member States stand in an undulating row in front of Headquarter in New York City. All the flags are of equal size, except for the 180th - the blue and white flag of the UN - that...
Un Special Representative Declares Angolan Elections 'Generally Free and Fair.' (United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Angola Margaret J. Anstee)(includes Related Information on the UN Angola Verification Mission)
The first-ever multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections held in Angola were certified - "with all deficiencies taken into account" - on 17 October as "generally free and fair" by Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Angola...
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