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Articles from Vol. 22, May

Afghanistan Proximity Talks: "Intense, Serious and Fruitful"
Afghanistan proximity talks: "intense, serious and fruitful" Proximity talks on the situation relating to Afghanistan, held from 20 to 24 June in Geneva, are to reconvene on 27 August. Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Diego...
Aging: An Update on the Elderly Worldwide
Aging: An update on the elderly worldwide The objective of the 1982 World Assembly on Aging and the International Plan of Action on Aging it adopted was to promote world-wide understanding of the economic, social, cultural and humanitarian implications...
Call for Imposition of Mandatory Sanctions against Pretoria
The Special Committee on decolonization, meeting in extraordinary session at Tunis from 13 to 17 May, adopted a consensus decision on Namibia calling on the Security Council to "respond positively to the overwhelming demand of the international community...
Camel Caravan Aids Isolated Tribesmen in Drought-Affected Sudan
Camel caravan aids isolated tribesmen in drought-affected Sudan "This food has given us another chance", a nomad of the Sudanhs Haddendawa tribe said. "But when it runs out, I don't know what we shall do." He lives in the rugged and inaccessible...
Conference Calls for Continued Olympic Ban against South Africa
Conference calls for continued Olympic ban against South Africa The Second International Conference on the Sports Boycott against South Africa has supported the position of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that South Africa should not be...
Conflicts and Militarism
Armed conflicts are another major obstacle to social progress and development. The Declaration on Social Progress and Development stressed the urgency of devoting to "works of peace and social progress" resources currently being "wasted" on armaments,...
Council for Namibia Plans Legal Action to Enforce Decree on Resources
Council for Namibia plans legal action to enforce Decree on Resources The United Nations Council for Namibia will institute legal action in the Netherlands against URENCO, a company known to process Namibian uranium in violation of the Council's Decree...
Country Reports, Rights of Minorities Discussed by Human Rights Committee
Country reports, rights of minorities discussed by Human Rights Committee Reports on the human rights situations in the Dominican Republic, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Cook Islands, which is self-governing in free association with New Zealand,...
Development and the Family
Development and the family Drawing on the findings of United Nations studies and the recommendations of the Interregional Seminar on Changing Families: Relevant Social Welfare Strategies, held in Moscow in October 1984, the report examines the impact...
Disarmament Commission Chairman Says 'Excessive Time' Spent on Procedure
Disarmament Commission Chairman says 'excessive time' spent on procedure At the conclusion of the 1985 session of the Disarmament Commission, Chairman Mansur Ahmad of Pakistan stated that the "excessive time" spent by the body on devising procedural...
Disarmament Conference Concludes First Part of 1985 Session
Disarmament Conference concludes first part of 1985 session The 40-member Conference on Disarmament concluded the first part of its 1985 sessionon 23 April, continuing its work on a chemical weapons convention, radiological weapons and a comprehensive...
Drinking Water and Sanitation Decade: Record Progress in Early 1980s
Drinking water and sanitation decade: record progress in early 1980s Safe drinking water was provided for an estimated 345 million people in developing countries from 1980 to 1983, surpassing the record set during the entire period of the 1970s, according...
Economic and Social Council Marks Victory over Nazism and Fascism
Economic and Social Council marks victory over nazism and fascism The Economic and Social Council held a solemn commemorative ceremony in New York on 8 May to observe the fortieth anniversary of the victory over nazism and fascism in the Second World...
Education
Education Recent economic conditions affecting most countries, coupled with demographic, political and social factors, are modifying attitudes regarding the value and status of education. With the slow-down of economic growth and contraction of the...
Employment
Employment The political commitment to full employment is an important part of the framework within which divergent interest groups in developed market-economy countries have tried to promote economic progress with social justice. In countries with...
Guidelines for Consumer Protection Adopted at Resumed Assembly Session
Guidelines for consumer protection adopted at resumed Assembly session A set of guidelines for consumer protection, the subject of intense negotiation and consultation since 1979, were adopted by consensus by the General Assembly at its resumed session...
Human Settlements Commission Approves Habitat's 1986-1987 Work Programme
Human Settlements Commission approves Habitat's 1986-1987 work programme The Commission on Human Settlements, at its eighth annual session in Kingston, Jamaica, approved the 1986-1987 work programme of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements...
Medical Expert Reports Use of Chemical Weapons in Iran-Iraq War
Chemical weapons were used during March in the Iran-Iraq war, according to a report of 8 April by Dr. Manuel Dominguez, a medical specialist appointed by Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar "to examine Iranian patients hospitalized in Europe,...
New Paper on Third Development Strategy Called For
New paper on third development strategy called for A proposal that a new paper on the review and appraisal of the International Development Strategy for the Third United Nations Development Decade was made at the conclusion of the first half of a...
Outer Space Legal Questions Discussed by Sub-Committee
Outer space legal questions discussed by Sub-Committee Legal questions concerning remote sensing, nuclear power sources, defining outer space, and use of the geostationary orbit were considered by the Legal Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Peaceful...
Renewed Efforts to End Namibian Occupation Urged at Seminar
Renewed efforts to end Namibian occupation urged at seminar Nearly all the participants in the Latin American and Caribbean regional seminar on decolonization, held at Havana 8-10 April, have called for renewed efforts to end South Africa's illegal...
Rock Star Stevie Wonder Honoured for Work against Apartheid
Rock star Stevie Wonder honoured for work against apartheid The man in the grey silk shantung suit and dark glasses, his near-waist-length braids entwined with golden beads, sat at a grand piano on the dais of the General Assembly Hall. "This is...
Role of the State
Role of the State Economic difficulties in the first part of the 1980s led countries to seek more efficient allocation and use of public resources. In many developing countries, financial resources became so scarce that even essential programmes had...
Secretary-General Appeals for Alec Collett's Release; Five Other UNRWA Staff Set Free, Unharmed
Secretary-General appeals for Alec Collett's release; Five other UNRWA staff set free, unharmed Alec Collett, a British journalist on assignment for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Lebanon,...
Secretary-General Calls for "Orderly Take-Over" from Israeli Forces in Lebanon
Secretary-General calls for "orderly take-over" from Israeli forces in Lebanon An orderly take-over from Israeli froces--"perhaps in the first instance by UNIFL with elements of the Lebanese Army, with teh ultimate aim of restoring the complete authority...
Secretary-General Calls for World Conference on Drug Abuse
Secretary-General calls for world conference on drug abuse Calling drug abuse "as destructive a threat to this and coming generations as the plagues which swept many parts of the world in earlier centuries", Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar...
Secretary-General Has Wide-Ranging Discussions in Teheran and Baghdad
Secretary-General has wide-ranging discussions in Tehran and Baghdad After a two-day visit to Iran and Iraq in April, Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar reported he had been given "cause for encouragement" in his discussions with both sides,...
Secretary-General Visits
Secretary-General visits ... Persian Gulf Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar made a week-long trip (30 March-6 April) to the Persian Gulf area, visiting four States of the region--Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar. At the outset...
Security Council Calls for End to Violence against Civilian Population in Lebanon
Security Council calls for end to violence against civilian population in Lebanon The Security Council on 31 May expressed anew "its deepest concern at the heavy costs in human lives and material destruction affecting the civilian population in Lebanon",...
Security Council Debates Report Calling for Iran-Iraq POW Exchange
SEcurity Council debates report calling for Iran-Iraq POW exchange The Security Council on 4 March discussed a report of a mission dispatched by the Secretary-General, calling for the release of prisoners of war (POWs) in Iran and Iraq and for an...
Security Council Reaffirms Support for Contadora Efforts, Calls on United States and Nicaragua to Resume Dialogue
Security Council reaffirms support for Contadora efforts, calls on United States and Nicaragua to resume dialogue The Security Council on 10 May reaffirmed "the inalienable right of Nicaragua and the rest of the States to freely decide on their own...
Security Council Rejects "Interim Government" in Namibia, Calls for Action on UN Plan
Security Council rejects "interim government" in Namibia, calls for action on UN plan Security Council members have declared the establishment by South Africa of the "so-called interim government in Namibia" to be null and void, and have called upon...
Situation in Africa Continues to Deteriorate, Says OEOA Report
Situation in Africa continues to deteriorate, says OEOA report Despite extensive efforts by African Governments and the international community, the situation in the continent's most severely drought-stricken countries--particularly in the northern...
Special Committee Hears Witnesses on Israeli Practices in Occupied Areas
Special Committee hears witnesses on Israeli practices in occupied areas The three-member Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population in the Occupied Arab Territories heard testimony from a number...
Special Representative Named for Sudan, with over 11 Million Affected by Drought
Special Representative name for Sudan, with over 11 million affected by drought The Secretary-General has appointed a Special Representative for United Nations Emergency Operations in Sudan, a country where some 11.5 million persons, almost double...
Technology
Technology Technology is a prime force for social change. The diffusion of high technologies is modifying social relationships, attitudes and cultural values. Microelectronics have affected everything from music, the visual arts and patterns of...
"To Build a Better World"
"... To Build a Better World" THE ROLE OF Secretary-General is outlined rather than defined in Chapter XV of the Charter, which consists of Articles 97 to 101. This role can be divided into the political and the administrative. The political function,...
Underdevelopment and International Economic Co-Operation
Underdevelopment and international economic co-operation When people are engaged in the business of survival, there is little margin for contributing to the enrichment of society. Inequalities among countries also diminish opportunities for mutually...
UNDOF Continues to Monitor Golan Heights
UNDOF continues to monitor Golan Heights The mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), set up in the Golan Heights to separate Israeli and Syrian forces, was extended by the Security Council on 21 May for the 22nd time. ...
UNEP to Hold African Environmental Conference
UNEP to hold African environmental conference The Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has approved a proposal by its Executive Director, Mostafa Tolba, to hold an African environmental conference in December 1985 to...
UNESCO Executive Board Adopts Recommendations on 1986-87 Programme and Budget
UNESCO Executive Board adopts recommendations on 1986-87 programme and budget The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) concluded its 1985 session on 21 June by adopting a package of recommendations...
UNICEF Executive Board Concludes 1985 Session
UNICEF Executive Board concludes 1985 session Programmes to help the drought-stricken countries of Africa and recognition of the importance of the role of women in development were endorsed by the Executive board of the United Nations Children's Fund...
UNIDO Board Calls for Stimulation of Industry in the South
UNIDO Board calls for stimulation of industry in the South The Industrial Development Board of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has called for stimulation of industry in the South, assistance to Lebanon, and technical...
UNIFIL Mandate Extended for Six Months
UNIFIL mandate extended for six months The Security Council on 17 April extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) until 19 October. It acted in response to Lebanon's request, contained in a letter to the Secretary-General...
UNIFIL Soldiers Held Captive by "South Lebanon Army", Then Released
UNIFIL soldiers held captive by "South Lebanon Army", then released A group of Finnish soldiers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were held captive between 7 and 15 June by the "South Lebanon Army" (SLA) following the disappearance...
United Nations System Asked to Increase Use of Resources in Developing Nations
United Nations system asked to increase use of resources in developing nations The High-level Committee on the Review of Technical Co-operation among Developing Countries (TCDC) concluded the work of its fourth session (28 May-5 June, New York) by...
UNRWA Marks 35th Anniversary
UNRWA marks 35th anniversary The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the "temporary" United Nations Agency responsible for looking after Palestine refugees, marked its thirty-fifth anniversary on...
Urbanization and Changes in Values
Urbanization and changes in values By the mid-1980s, some 42 per cent of the world's population lived in urban areas. About 72 per cent of the population in developed countries were urban dwellers. Among developing regions, Latin America was the...
Violence to Groups and Individuals
Violence to groups and individuals War, aggression, armed conflict between and within nations, the use of resources and talents for destructive purposes, and the atomic threat to the survival of mankind are not the only forms of violence that preclude...
Women's Conference Preparatory Body Submits Draft Strategies for Future Action
Women's Conference preparatory body submits draft strategies for future action The Commission on the Status of Women, acting as the Preparatory Body for the World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for...
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