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A Sampler of Brief Sources on Function and Structure in the United Nations
Prepared by Susan Bennett White, United Nations Documents Librarian
November 2008
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1. Brief Summaries.
United Nations.

UN In Brief. United Nations Department of Public Information, 2005.

UN Image and Reality. On the UN web site.


The United Nations: Organization.
On the U.N. web site.

“:…An international organization to prevent further aggression, assure the stability of frontiers, and provide a means of resolving disputes among nations…” In “Longing for Freedom,” Chapter 1 of World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Mary Ann Glendor, Random House, 2001. Viewed on Ebrary November 2008. [Excerpt.]

At theMoscow Conference in 1943, the Foreign Ministers of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.S.R. and the Chinese Ambassador in Moscow issued a Declaration of Four Nations on General Security (known as the "Moscow Declaration") affirming "that they recognize the necessity of establishing at the earliest practicable date a general international organization, based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all peace-loving States, and open to membership by all such States, large and small, for the maintenance of international peace and security."

From Historical Introduction, Yearbook of the United Nations , 1945-46, Part 1, Chapter 1. Viewed on the UN web site November 2008.


History of the Charter of the United Nations. On the U.N. web site.

“Charter as a Treaty”, from the Introduction, Law and Practice of the United Nations , 3rd Revised Edition. Benedetto Conforti, Bell Academic Publishers, 2005. Viewed on Ebrary November 2008. [Excerpt. All on one line.]

2. Recent Articles on Major Issues before the Security Council and General Assembly.

United Nations,” Madelyn K. Albright,. Foreign Policy, no 138, Sept-Oct. 2003, pp. 16-24. [Article.]

Millennium Development Goals and Streamlining the UN Development Architecture,” Thomas Fues, International Studies, 2007, vol.. 44, pp. 24-36. [Article.]

A Meeting on the East River,” Vladimir Zaemsky, International Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation . International Affairs, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 37-45, 2008. [Article. All on one line.:]

3. UN Peacekeeping.

“Keeping the Peace: A Brief Guide to U N Peacekeeping,” United Nations Foundation.

“Empowering the United Nations,” Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Foreign Affairs, Winter 1992, vol. 71, no. 5, pp. 89-102. [Article. All on one line.]

4. UN Peace Building.

United Nations Conflict Prevention, Peace-Building and Development. On the U N web site.

“An Agenda for Peace: Preventive Diplomacy, Peacemaking and Peace-keeping."
Report of the Secretary General, June 1992.

5. UN Reform.

Reform at the United Nations: Reference Reports and Materials. U N Department of Public Information.

The Ironies of UN Secretariat Reform,” Manuel Fröhlich, Global Governance, vol. 13, no. 2, 2007. pp. 151-159 [Article. All on one line.]

Reform of the Security Council.

Security Council Reform. Global Policy Forum.

“Myths of Membership: The Politics of Legitimization in UN Security Council Reform.” Ian Hurd, Global Governance, vol 14, 2008, pp. 199-217.[Article. All on one line.]

Reform of the General Assembly.

“Speakers question possibility of … Reform Proposals…”
United Nations Press Release, GA/10338, 59th General Assembly Plenary Session, 87th and 88th Meetings, 7 April 2005.
Full records at UN Documents A/59/PV.87 and A/59/PV.88.

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