Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. Part 1, Political and security questions. Chapter 8, Other political and security questions
The United Nations continued in 2004 to consider political and security questions relating to its efforts to support democratization worldwide, the promotion of decolonization, public information activities and the peaceful uses of outer space. The General Assembly, in February, welcomed Qatar's proposal to host the Sixth International Conference of New or Restored Democracies in November 2006. In December, it welcomed the Declaration of San Francisco de Quito by the five member States of the Andean Community, establishing the Andean Zone of Peace. The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples continued to review progress in implementing the 1960 Declaration, particularly the exercise of self-determination by the remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories. The Assembly requested the Special Committee to continue to seek suitable means for the immediate and full implementation of the Declaration and to carry out actions approved by the Assembly regarding the International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (1990-2000) and the Second International Decade (2001-2010). The Committee on Information continued to review the management and operation of the Department of Public Information (DPI), based on reports submitted by the Secretary-General. As part of its continuing departmental reorientation process, DPI introduced the concept of the Secretariat departments as clients, which identified their own priorities, and DPI as service provider. It redoubled its efforts to bring UN system members within a common communications framework, and continued to promote and refine a culture of evaluation, with a first annual programme impact review completed in January. The first regional United Nations information centre, in Brussels, Belgium, became operational on 1 January, and the Secretary-General set out the proposed strategy and modalities for implementing the regionalization of information centres around hubs in other regions. In a December resolution on developments in information and telecommunications, the Assembly called on Member States to promote the consideration of existing and potential threats in the field of information security. Regarding the role of science and technology in the context of international security, the Assembly, in another December resolution, encouraged UN bodies to contribute, within existing mandates, to promoting the application of science and technology for peaceful purposes. Of the 12 action teams established to implement the recommendations of the Third (1999) United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), 9 had submitted final reports to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its Scientific and Technical Subcommittee; two other teams reported on progress in their work. The Committee submitted a plan of action to the Assembly proposing further specific actions for implementing the UNISPACE III recommendations, which the Assembly endorsed in October. In a December resolution on the application of the concept of a “launching State”, the Assembly requested the Committee to continue to provide States, at their request, with relevant information and assistance in developing national space laws based on the relevant treaties. The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation held its fifty-second session in April.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. v. 58; Vol. 58
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