Today in United Nations History (Part 2)

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Historical Events

Events 101 - 181 of 181

  • 1990-11-26 US proposes addition to UN resolution that would require Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait by January 1

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1991-02-28 United Nations troops move into Kuwait City and Saddam Hussein orders troops out of Kuwait; Iraqi soldiers ignite Kuwaiti oil fields during their retreat

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1992-06-30 South African ANC President Nelson Mandela meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1992-07-15 The Security Council of the UN examine violence in South Africa
  • 1994-06-23 South Africa is readmitted to the United Nations Organisations (UNO)
  • 1995-07-11 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men are massacred when Bosnian Serbs overrun the UN 'safe haven' of Srebrenica.
  • 1996-01-17 Iraq agrees to talks concerning a UN plan to allow for the Iraqi sale of $1 billion of oil; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes
  • 1996-04-18 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.
  • 1996-07-18 The UN approves an Iraqi aid distribution plan, a major step forward in the direction of allowing Iraq to sell oil under Resolution 986
  • 1996-09-05 Following US cruise missile strikes on Iraq, crude oil prices rise as the market speculates when Iraq will begin exporting oil under UN Resolution 986

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1996-09-24 U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1996-12-10 Rwandan Genocide: Maurice Baril military advisor to the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations recommends the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down
  • 1996-12-13 Kofi Annan is elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • 1996-12-26 The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force.
  • 1997-08-08 The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • 1997-09-12 The UN passes a resolution allowing Iraq to reach the $2.14 billion oil sales limit under its oil-for-food program
  • 1997-10-29 Iraq's Revolution Command Council announces that it will no longer allow US citizens and US aircraft to serve with UN arms inspection teams
  • 1997-11-20 Iraq's Revolution Command Council formally endorses an agreement, arranged by Russia, that enables UN weapons inspection teams to resume operations in Iraq
  • 1997-12-04 Nizar Hamdoon warns that Iraq will not allow oil to flow during a third six-month phase of the UN's oil-for-food sale until the UN approves an aid distribution plan
  • 1997-12-11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
  • 1998-08-19 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden
  • 1998-10-31 Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • 1999-06-12 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 1999-09-14 Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • 1999-12-17 The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
  • 2000-01-14 A United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years for the 1993 killing of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.
  • 2000-06-16 Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
  • 2001-05-29 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.
  • 2001-07-11 Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution
  • 2001-08-10 US and UK reject a proposal by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to permit the Iraqi government to use $1 billion per year to fund infrastructure improvements and to increase oil production capacity

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2002-01-16 The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

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2002-02-12 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 2002-03-03 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • 2002-04-29 The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years.
  • 2002-05-20 The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
  • 2002-09-10 Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations
  • 2002-09-27 Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.
  • 2002-11-08 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences".
  • 2002-11-13 Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441.
  • 2002-11-16 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that he had to accept UN Resolution 1441 because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unitlateral war on the Iraqi people
  • 2002-11-18 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
  • 2003-03-19 Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
  • 2003-08-19 A car-bomb attack on United Nations headquarters in Iraq kills the agency's top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 other employees.
  • 2003-09-12 The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
  • 2004-11-04 12 French soldiers, 3 UN personnel and hundreds of civilians die during the Côte d'Ivoire civil war.
  • 2005-03-04 United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
  • 2006-01-12 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
  • 2006-03-16 The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.
  • 2006-03-27 The United Nations Commission on Human Rights holds its final meeting.
  • 2006-06-28 The Republic of Montenegro was admitted as the 192nd Member of the United Nations by General Assembly resolution 60/264.
  • 2006-07-05 Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N in New York City because of North Korean missile tests that day
  • 2007-12-11 Two car bombs go off at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.

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2008-01-18 The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

  • 2008-07-10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.
  • 2009-04-03 Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • 2009-04-05 North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks
  • 2009-10-23 The United Nations "Rotterdam Rules" convention regulating international maritime carriage of goods is ratified with its twentieth signature.
  • 2011-04-01 After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.
  • 2011-10-31 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations
  • 2012-04-10 United Nations deadline for Syrian troop withdrawal passes as violence continues
  • 2012-04-16 At least 55 people are killed in the Syrian uprising despite UN presence to oversee ceasefire
  • 2012-08-03 United Nations General Assembly reproaches The United Nations Security Council over its lack of action in Syria
  • 2012-09-23 20 Iranian US Visas are denied, including diplomats and two ministers, ahead of the UN general assembly meeting in New York
  • 2012-10-12 The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves of an African-led force to oust Islamist militants in northern Mali
  • 2012-11-29 The UN votes to approve Palestine’s status change from an observer to an observer state
  • 2013-04-02 The UN General Assembly approves the first Arms Trade Treaty
  • 2013-04-09 12 civilians and UN peacekeepers are killed in an ambush in Jonglei, Sudan

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2013-07-12 Malala Yousafzai addresses the United Nations and calls for worldwide access to education

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai

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2013-08-05 Samantha Power becomes the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power
  • 2013-08-28 China and Russia walk out of a UN Security Council meeting after the US pushes for immediate action against Syria's use of chemical weapons
  • 2013-10-18 Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to turn down a seat on the UN Security Council in protest over Syria
  • 2014-07-11 The UN Security Council calls for a special meeting to discuss the current Israel–Palestinian conflict; Israel continue attacks on Gaza
  • 2014-08-01 USA and UN announce a 72 hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it quickly breaks down

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2014-09-18 Emma Watson delivers an address to a standing ovation at UN Headquarters in New York City, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality

Actress Emma Watson
Emma Watson
  • 2014-10-16 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council
  • 2014-12-04 The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began
  • 2014-12-13 Divisions emerge between rich and poor nations at the UN climate change talks in Peru
  • 2014-12-13 Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, criticizes UN Security Council for its lack of action over war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan
  • 2015-11-30 Till 10th Dec - COP21 (21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) held in Paris
  • 2016-02-12 Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015)

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