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United Nations Issue Guide

Prepared by: Lauren Vriens
September 17, 2008


As the sixty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly opens its doors, familiar issues are coming to the foreground once again: international security, human rights, and the global food crisis. This is a selection of content on the United Nations and the issues it addresses.

Overview of the United Nations:

International Security:

Human Rights:

Environment and Climate Change:

Reform and Leadership:

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