Yearbook of the United Nations, 2009. Part 1, Political and security questions. Chapter 8, Other political and security questions
In 2009, the United Nations continued to consider political and security questions related to its efforts in support of democratization worldwide, the promotion of decolonization, the peaceful uses of outer space and the Organization's public information activities. Following a September report of the Secretary-General, the General Assembly encouraged Governments to strengthen programmes for the promotion and consolidation of democracy through increased cooperation and by highlighting the role of the International Day of Democracy. The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples reviewed progress in implementing the 1960 Declaration, particularly the exercise of self-determination by the remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs). During the year, the Special Committee organized a Caribbean regional seminar in Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, as part of its efforts to implement the plan of action for the Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2001–2010). Highlighting the economic vulnerability brought about by climate change and the global economic and financial crisis, the seminar suggested that relevant stakeholders, particularly the territorial Governments and the administering Powers, increase their attention to community-based sustainable development and the empowerment of vulnerable groups in the NSGTs. The seminar suggested that the Special Committee consider proposing to the General Assembly the possibility of launching a Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism. The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space considered the implementation of the recommendations of the Third (1999) United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE iii) and welcomed the link between the work on UNISPACE iii and the work of the Commission on Sustainable Development. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-spider) inaugurated a new office in Bonn, Germany, and made progress towards formalizing a network of UN-spider regional support offices, for which Algeria, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, South Africa and Ukraine had either signed a cooperation agreement or offered to host an office. The support provided by Member States, international and regional organizations and UN-spider in the provision of space-based information to support relief efforts was timely and useful. The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation could not hold its fifty-seventh session, originally scheduled for 25–29 May in Vienna, due to an unforeseen crisis and was rescheduled to the spring of the following year. In a December resolution on developments in information and telecommunications in the context of international security, the Assembly called on Member States to promote consideration of existing and potential threats in the field of information security, as well as possible measures to limit threats emerging in the field, consistent with the need to preserve the free flow of information. The Committee on Information continued to review UN information policies and activities and the management and operation of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). At its May session, the Committee considered reports by the Secretary-General on several DPI activities in promoting the work of the United Nations to a global audience. Among other initiatives, DPI started a programme called Academic Impact to engage with centres of higher education, learning and research and facilitate a more direct input of the ideas generated by such institutions into UN policies and programmes. Also noteworthy was the launch of the Secretary-General's Creative Community Outreach Initiative, which would function as a one-stop-shop for writers, directors, producers and broadcasters interested in portraying the United Nations and its issues in their work.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2009. v. 63; Vol. 63
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