Yearbook of the United Nations 1989

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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.




The year 1989 witnessed a heightened interest in the environment, both internationally and regionally, as the world’s political leadership made environmental issues, particularly the relationship between environment and development, a major priority. In January, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer entered into force, and in March the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted and signed at an international conference in Switzerland, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). During the year, environmental concerns were discussed at major regional and international conferences and meetings. In December 1989, the General Assembly decided to convene in Brazil in 1992 the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and established a preparatory committee for the Conference. The Assembly also urged Governments to prepare a framework convention and associated protocols on climate change.


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