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 close of the decade of the 1980s brought with it new hopes and challenges, and, as cold-war tensions eased, the United Nations began to assume a significantly larger international role. The stage was set for the fulfilment of two long-pursued United Nations objectives-the independence of Namibia and the creation of a united, non-racial and democratic society in South Africa. The cease-fire between Iran and Iraq negotiated by the United Nations remained in place, and both sides continued their talks on the full restoration of peace following a long and sanguinary conflict. Efforts towards peace in Cambodia and Central America also seemed capable of finally bearing fruit.


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