Yearbook of the United Nations 1988

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The Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.




Environmental problems, including global warming and depletion of the ozone layer, became increasingly prominent in the international public debate and political agenda in 1988. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) continued its efforts to monitor and assess those problems and to protect the Earth’s environment. An international conference held in Canada addressed the growing evidence that industrial gases might be responsible for global warming. The General Assembly, by resolution 43/212, urged States to prohibit all transboundary movement of toxic and dangerous wastes carried out without the prior consent of the importing country’s authorities. The Economic and Social Council, by resolution 1988/71, stressed the importance of the active participation of all Governments in preparing for the the global convention on transboundary movements of hazardous wastes.


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