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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.
http://www.un.org/Overview/uninbrief

UN Image and Reality. On the UN web site.
http://www.un.org/geninfo/ir/

Mission.

The United Nations: Organization.
On the U.N. web site.
http://www.un.org/aboutun/untoday/unorg.htm

“:…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.] http://site.ebrary.com/lib/princeton/Doc?id=2002248

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. http://unyearbook.un.org/unyearbook.html?name=isysadvsearch.html

Charter.

History of the Charter of the United Nations. On the U.N. web site.
http://www.un.org/aboutun/charter/history/

“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.] http://site.ebrary.com/lib/princeton/Doc?f00=title&p00=united+nations&adv.x=1&docID=10175381&ppg=18

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.] http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/3183651.pdf

Millennium Development Goals and Streamlining the UN Development Architecture,” Thomas Fues, International Studies, 2007, vol.. 44, pp. 24-36. [Article.] http://isq.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/44/1/23

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.:] http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=2&hid=115&sid=33600faa-98cd-43fb-8fe8-214afdd86748%40sessionmgr103

3. UN Peacekeeping.

“Keeping the Peace: A Brief Guide to U N Peacekeeping,” United Nations Foundation.
http://www.globalproblems-globalsolutions-files.org/unf_website/PDF/keeping_peace.pdf

“Empowering the United Nations,” Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Foreign Affairs, Winter 1992, vol. 71, no. 5, pp. 89-102. [Article. All on one line.] http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=7&hid=102&sid=901e5d14-53b1-4825-83a5-2e0326451f32%40sessionmgr3

4. UN Peace Building.

United Nations Conflict Prevention, Peace-Building and Development. On the U N web site.
http://www.un.org/esa/peacebuilding/

“An Agenda for Peace: Preventive Diplomacy, Peacemaking and Peace-keeping."
Report of the Secretary General, June 1992.
http://www.un.org/Docs/SG/agpeace.html

5. UN Reform.

Reform at the United Nations: Reference Reports and Materials. U N Department of Public Information.
http://www.un.org/reform/

The Ironies of UN Secretariat Reform,” Manuel Fröhlich, Global Governance, vol. 13, no. 2, 2007. pp. 151-159 [Article. All on one line.] http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=3&hid=2&sid=739680d3-2bf0-4fcd-90a3-e4e4c1bb7a6b%40sessionmgr3

Reform of the Security Council.

Security Council Reform. Global Policy Forum.
http://globalpolicy.org/security/reform/index.htm

“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.] http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=4&hid=107&sid=fa0525b0-1ef3-4fdf-8003-8af7765e8fa8%40sessionmgr107

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. http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2005/ga10338.doc.htm
Full records at UN Documents A/59/PV.87 and A/59/PV.88. http://www.un.org/ga/59/pv.html


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