Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. Part 1, Political and security questions. Chapter 8, Other political and security questions
United Nations consideration of other political and security questions in 2001 included the Organization's efforts to support and consolidate democratization worldwide, the promotion of decolonization, public information activities and the peaceful uses of outer space. The first meeting of the follow-up mechanism to the Fourth (2000) International Conference of New or Restored Democracies agreed to draw up a comprehensive plan to implement the Cotonou Declaration on peace, security, democracy and development adopted at that Conference. Plans were under way for convening the Fifth International Conference in 2003. The Secretary-General submitted an updated plan of action for the Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (20012010), setting out action to be taken by the administering Powers, other Member States, the UN system and non-governmental organizations to support the process. The Department of Public Information made considerable progress in reorienting the Organization's information and communications policies. The adoption of new technologies allowed for a wider dissemination of accurate information on the work of the Organization. A notable achievement in the reorientation process was the highly successful pilot project for direct international radio broadcasting from UN Headquarters. In December, the General Assembly noted the establishment of action teams to implement the recommendations of the Third (1999) United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation process. The Assembly further adopted a resolution on the role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament, which encouraged the use of science and technology for peaceful purposes, and another on developments in information and telecommunications, calling on States to promote information security. In September, the Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 21 September of each year as the International Day of Peace, to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. v. 55; Vol. 55
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