United Nation Conferences

  • 1) Conferences have played a key role in guiding the work of the United Nations since its very inception.
  • 2) These problems otherwise would not have the political urgency to grab front-page headlines and command the attention of world leaders.
  • 3) These events have put long-term, difficult problems like poverty and environmental degradation at the top of the global agenda.
  • 4) In fact, the world body was born when delegates from 50 nations met in San Francisco in April 1945 for the United Nations Conference on International Organization.
  • 5) The recent high-profile conferences on development issues, which have continued a series that began in the 1970s, have broken new ground in many areas: by involving Presidents, Prime Ministers and other heads of state - as pioneered at the 1990 World Summit for Children.
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