The United Nations System

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Rising from the ashes of World War II, the UN's birth was announced on October 24, 1945. Its military arm began in 1948 with the deployment of just 36 soldiers, tasked with supervising a fragile cease-fire in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Since then it has undertaken more than 50 peacekeeping missions and concluded 500 multilateral conventions on human rights, arms control, environment, terrorism, and many other subjects.

The United Nations System examines the continuing controversy that surrounds this organization. Whereas conservatives accuse the UN of wavering in the face of gross violations of its own resolutions by Saddam Hussein, many liberals have lambasted it for failing to take decisive action against genocide in the Balkans and in Rwanda. Highly readable and packed with useful facts and illustrations, this book is essential reading for those who wish to make up their own minds.

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"This book should be in all libraries that need up-to-date information on globalization, the United Nations, and the interrelationship between countries. This would include all university libraries."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851098057
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/21/2005
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 392
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Background and history 1
2 Problems, controversies, and solutions 29
3 The ambivalent participation of the United States in the UN system 49
4 Chronology of the emergence and development of the UN system 67
5 Facts and data 113
6 Alternative futures for the UN system 251
7 Directory of organizations, associations, and agencies 289
8 Biographical sketches of present heads of UN system organizations 313
9 Selected print and nonprint resources 331
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