Instruments of the
A Compilation of:
AgreementsAdopted by the
Compiled and edited by:
Founder: Friends of the
years of Service to Humanity
"it is my hope that [international Instruments of the United Nations] will be used widely by United Nations partners in government and civil society and raise awareness of this invaluable legacy that we all share and enjoy."
(Excerpted from the Introduction to the book)
For fifty years the General Assembly of the United Nations, a unique institution comprising a membership of 185 nations has been serving humanity. While it does not have direct enforcement powers, in the realm of public opinion, its power is considerable. Having a membership of 185 countries it acts as a forum for the nations of the world. There is almost no area of universal concern on which the General Assembly has not focused its attention. This is our world working together for the betterment of everyone and every nation.
Important decisions of the General Assembly are standards that nations of the world have agreed to. They are principles and strategies that help guide behaviour and have become part of the legal framework of individual nations.
This unique compilation contains a breadth of information on international instruments including declarations, conventions, charters, proclamations, standards, principles and treaties covering subjects such as human rights, space, disarmament, political and social science, economics and global development issues. It brings together for the first time the actual texts of instruments and will prove to be an ideal reference for students and policy makers alike.
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Introduction by Congressmen James A. Leach and Esteban E. Torres