Kofi Annan - Center of the Storm


1960: UN intervenes in Congo.
1964: Peacekeepers sent to Cyprus.
1967: Six Day War erupts in Middle East.
1968: Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons signed

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The developing nations form the "Group of 77." The largest bloc of developing countries, G77 is formed to boost the Third World's collective negotiating strength on economic issues. Although the membership has increased to 133, the original name stuck.

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The largest bloc of developing countries
A Ruandan child UNICEF wins Nobel Peace Prize. Set up in 1946 to help children in the aftermath of World War II in Europe, the United Nations Children's Fund later became a permanent UN agency to assist children and mothers living in poverty everywhere. UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for the promotion of brotherhood among nations."

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The United Nations Children's Fund
Security Council imposes mandatory sanctions against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to protest its white minority government.
Six Day War Six Day War erupts following UN troop withdrawal from Egypt. When UN peacekeepers pulled out, hostilities quickly break out between Arab states and Israel. Israel secures a quick and decisive victory in six days of fighting. The Security Council approves Resolution 242 as a framework for "a just and lasting peace" in the region: Israeli troops would withdraw from territories it captured in exchange for the recognition of the State of Israel. The conflicting interpretations have kept a solution out of reach for 33 years.

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Security Council-approved framework for peace between Arab states and Israel
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons signed. A landmark international agreement, the treaty aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and work toward disarmament -- nuclear and otherwise. Ratified in 1970, it has been extended indefinitely.

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Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

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A panel of experts discuss nuclear weaponry in the U.S. and around the world.

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