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The United Nations: Why it matters

The October 1995 issue of The UNESCO Courier celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations.

The issue contains: Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s and Federico Mayor’s reflections on the Organization’s future developments; the key dates in its history as well as a synthesis of its interventions in the major confrontations (e.g. the Korean War, Arab-Israeli wars, the Cuban missile crisis, Cambodia); a critical analysis of the UN’s achievements and failures in its three key areas of activity: peace-keeping, human rights and development; the detailed organizational chart of the UN system as well as a description of the six principal organs (the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice and the Secretariat) and fact files about the subsidiary bodies and the specialized agencies that collaborate with the UN, including FAO, Finally, the journal offers a review of the actions of some of these specialized agencies by their own directors.