Yearbook of the United Nations 1990

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With its comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters, the Yearbook of the United Nations is the most authoritative reference work available on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Fully indexed, the Yearbook includes the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions.




The year 1990 was a historic one for United Nations efforts in the area of decolonization as Namibia, the last remaining colony in Africa, attained its independence on 21 March. That event occurred nearly a quarter century after the General Assembly had acted to change the Territory’s status to bring it under UN administration, and a dozen years after the Security Council laid out in resolution 435(1978) a detailed settlement plan for its independence. In his 1990 report on the work of the Organization, the Secretary-General said that the Namibian experience was a striking demonstration of the results that could be achieved by multilateral effort, by the active engagement of the principal organs of the United Nations and by members of the Security Council and other States undertaking a crucial role in negotiations.


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