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Title:
Encyclopedia of the United Nations
Author:
Moore, John Allphin, 1940-
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts On File, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xxvii, 484 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816044177
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Book

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Summary

The United Nations was created as a response to the sufferings caused by World War II. The goal of the organization, as stated in the Charter of the United Nations, was to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. That goal is as vital today as it was in 1945. While other structures of the Cold War era have disappeared or have undergone major revisions, the UN has gained increasing importance as a collective security response to the challenges emerging in this new millennium.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

The purpose of this encyclopedia is to provide a guide to the key activities, institutions, and personalities of the UN and to illustrate the role that this organization has played in world events. Written by two history professors with the help of 25 contributors, this excellent examination is very timely in light of current world events. Locating information is straightforward. The more than 300 entries are arranged alphabetically and range from a single paragraph to several pages. Access is aided by easily identifiable cross-references directly in the text of the articles and see also0 references at the end of each article. Recommendations for additional readings are included at the end of most of the entries. Finally, a detailed index facilitates access to the main text. The entries cover a wide range of issues pertinent to the UN, including peace and security (Disarmament, Peacekeeping)0 ; justice (Human rights, International law)0 ; humanitarian activities (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF0 ); and development (Sustainable development, United Nations Development Programme0 ). The book also focuses on key individuals (Annan, Kofi Atta; Roosevelt, Franklin D.)0 ; historical origins (Fourteen Points, League of Nations0 ); nations and events in which the UN has been involved (Bosnia, Suez crisis)0 ; and agencies (World Bank, World Health Organization WHO0 ). The broad scope effectively illustrates the UN's range of activities and role in world events. The main text of the book is complemented by excellent supplementary material. For example, the several appendixes include a listing of member states as of June 2002 and a chronology of key UN dates and events. There are also an extensive bibliography and a listing of UN Web sites. Less comprehensive than Routledge's four-volume Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements 0 (3d ed., 2003), this user-friendly and clearly written guide is suitable for public libraries and academic libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist


Library Journal Review

The scope of activities under the umbrella of the United Nations is often surprising to the outsider. These editors, college professors who have long been involved with the Model United Nations program for students, have done a first-rate job of presenting that complexity to the lay reader. Over 400 articles cover people associated with the UN, the countries and regions where it has been involved, its agencies and institutions, its affiliated organizations, specific project names, and other issues that the UN has addressed over the past 55 years. Appendixes provide a chronology of major UN events, a selected bibliography, and a very useful list of web addresses to navigate the complex UN web site. Conspicuously absent is any mention of concerns among some groups that the UN is engaged in a conspiracy to impose a world government and restrict their liberties. Specialists will also want to consult the multivolume Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements, 3d ed. Recommended for all libraries.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This alphabetical encyclopedia provides a comprehensive guide to the UN's institutions, procedures, policies, agencies, historical personalities, initiatives, and involvement in world affairs. Entries range from several paragraphs to a few pages; most are signed. See and see-also references direct readers to additional entries and many entries include references for further reading and/or relevant Web sites. Graphics include captioned black-and-white photographs and a few charts and graphs. Special features include a list of acronyms used throughout the text; appendixes include the Charter of the United Nations and Universal Declaration of Human Rights, listings of UN member states as of June 2002 and important resolutions, a chronology, and a long list of UN Web sites. There is also a topically divided selected bibliography and a comprehensive index. An up-to-date, user-friendly reference about an organization that continues to play an important role in international affairs.-Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Moore (California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona) and Pubantz (Salem College) offer a "guide to the UN's institutions, procedures, policies, specialized agencies, historic personalities, initiatives, and involvement in world affairs" that provides an authoritative introduction to and overview of the world organization. The contents are informed by the authors' roles as advisers in Model UN programs and will prove particularly useful to those seeking succinct expositions of the UN's expanding role in international civil society. The text consists of several hundred brief, alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced entries interspersed with longer explanatory essays accompanied by suggestions for further reading, including Web sites. Several appendixes, a selected bibliography, and a detailed index round out this very serviceable volume. Edmund J. Osmanczyk's Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements (3rd ed., 4v., CH, forthcoming) sets the standard of encyclopedic works on the UN and remains unrivaled. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Undergraduate libraries and those with international relations collections. D. Ettinger George Washington University


Excerpts

Excerpts

The United Nations was created as a response to the sufferings caused by World War II. The goal of the organization, as stated in the Charter of the United Nations, was to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. That goal is as vital today as it was in 1945. While other structures of the cold war era have disappeared or have undergone major revisions, the UN has gained increasing importance as a collective security response to the challenges emerging in this new millennium. In this new era of international politics, the United Nations has taken on numerous global issues, such as terrorism, economic dislocation, disintegrating states, human rights violations, environmental degradation, and ethnic and religious hatred. Encyclopedia of the United Nations is a comprehensive guide to the world body's institutions, procedures, policies, specialized agencies, historic personalities, initiatives, and involvement in world affairs. Organized in an easy-to-use, A-to-Z format, this book places major world events--and the role that the United Nations played in them--into context through concise references, longer explanatory essays, and detailed data. Additional features include: Important UN documents such as the Charter of the UN, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and the Statute of the International Court of Justice A list of the Member States, their years of accession, and their populations A list of the UN's Secretaries-General, their terms, birth and death dates, and current activities An index of resolutions that either amended the original Charter or were overwhelmingly critical to world affairs An up-to-date chronology of important United Nations dates and the events associated with them. Excerpted from Encyclopedia of the United Nations by John Allphin Moore, Jerry Pubantz All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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