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United Nations in History (Part 3)

International Organisations: ASEAN - Commonwealth - European Union - IMF - League of Nations - NATO - OPEC - Warsaw Pact - World Bank

Historical Events

Events 201 - 288 of 288

Historic Event

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

  • 2001-11-29 UN Security Council unanimously approves a resolution extending the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq for another six-month period

Historic Event

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

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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.

  • 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.

Historic Event

2002-11-08 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 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.

Invasion of Iraq

2003-03-19 Airstrikes by an American and British-led coalition signal the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, 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 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

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2009-04-17 Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark becomes the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first woman to lead the organization

  • 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
  • 2013-03-07 UN Security Council approves further North Korean sanctions for its nuclear testing
  • 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

United Nations Speech

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 2014-03-27 UN General Assembly condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea
  • 2014-07-11 The UN Security Council calls for a special meeting to discuss the current Israel–Palestinian conflict; Israel continue attacks on Gaza
  • 2014-07-28 UN Security Council hold emergency meeting calling for an immediate and indefinite humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas
  • 2014-08-01 USA and UN announce a 72 hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it quickly breaks down

Film & TV History

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

  • 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 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or COP21 begins in Paris
  • 2016-02-12 Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015)
  • 2016-09-19 Aid convoy into Urum al-Kubra, Syria attacked by air strikes, UN denounces as a war crime
  • 2016-12-23 United Nations Security Council adopts a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. Resolution 2334 was moved by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela and passed 14-0 with a US abstention.

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2017-01-01 Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres becomes United Nations Secretary General, replacing South Korean Ban Ki-moon

  • 2017-05-15 UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test
  • 2017-06-19 Record 65.6 million people displaced around the world in 2016 reported by UN refugee agency
  • 2017-07-07 United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty adopted in New York, without participation of nuclear countries
  • 2017-08-05 UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program
  • 2017-08-16 Last batch of Farc rebel weapons removed by the UN in Colombia

United Nations Speech

2017-09-19 US President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations vowing to “totally destroy North Korea” if threatens the US

United Nations Speech

2017-09-19 President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in his UN speech criticizes US President Donald Trump for his comments about Iran in his own UN speech

  • 2017-11-16 19 countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany
  • 2017-12-21 UN General Assembly votes 128 to 9 to denounce US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • 2017-12-22 UN Security Council votes 15 to 0 for additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country's petrol imports by up to 90%
  • 2018-02-24 UN Security Council passes resolution for 30 day ceasefire in Syria

Historic Event

2018-03-25 North Korean leader Kim Jong un begins surprise trip to Beijing by train to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping

  • 2018-06-19 US ambassador Nikki Haley announces the US is leaving the UN Human Rights Council
  • 2018-07-02 270,000 people now displaced by fighting in south-western Syria says UN since assault on rebel-held area two weeks ago
  • 2018-08-10 Evidence of one million Uighurs being held in "counter-extremism centers" in China presented to UN Committee on Human Rights
  • 2018-09-11 Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan lies in state in Accra, Ghana, ahead of a state funeral
  • 2018-09-25 US President Donald Trump criticizes Globalism and Iran speaking at the UN General Assembly
  • 2018-10-08 Major climate report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the UN says planet will warm 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) by 2040 with dire results
  • 2018-10-09 President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley says she is resigning at the end of the year

Sports History

2018-10-24 Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge named UN Person of the Year for setting a new marathon world record and for his work with AIDS/HIV in Kenya

  • 2018-11-06 More than 200 mass graves containing thousands of victims of ISIS discovered in former ISIS held areas according to UN report
  • 2018-12-01 Syrian shadow puppetry added to UN list of cultural activities in urgent need of saving

Summit of Interest

2018-12-03 David Attenborough warns collapse of civilisation and the natural world on the horizon at UN climate summit in Poland

  • 2018-12-15 Diplomats from 200 countries agree to a set of rules to implement the UN Paris Climate Agreement in Katowice, Poland
  • 2019-05-06 One million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction according to a major new UN report
  • 2019-05-22 UN General Assembly votes for a motion condemning UK occupation of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and for them to reunite with nearby Mauritius

Summit of Interest

2019-09-23 Climate activist Greta Thunberg scolds world leaders "How Dare You" for not addressing climate change at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York

  • 2020-08-18 Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigns amid a military coup condemned by the UN Security Council
  • 2021-02-24 United Nations-backed COVAX initiative begins delivering vaccines to middle and low income countries with first AstraZeneca shipment to Ghana

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