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Public Information Of The UN

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Efforts initiated in 1997 by UN Secretary- General Kofi Annan at reforming the United Nations (Reform of the UN) also included a speedy re-orientation of the Organizations public information activities. The Report underlines that the United Nations remains well respected. Even in the United States, thought to be home to the Organizations most persistent critics, more than 60% of Americans, when polled, routinely express support for the Organization. The United Nations public information mandate originates from one of the very first resolutions adopted by the General Assembly in 1946 on the organization of the UN Secretariat. While a special Advisory Committee had early been foreseen to serve as the principal policy-making body on public information matters, the General Assemblys Special Political Committee filled this role for many years, assisted by a Consultative Committee for Press and Public Information.

Keywords: General Assembly; Kofi Annan; United Nations; United States



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