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Kofi Annan - Center of the Storm


1971: UN recognizes People's Republic of China.
1980: WHO declares smallpox eradicated.
1984: U.S. withdraws from UNESCO
1987: Montreal Protocol signed

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Angered by big budgets and a perceived anti-Western bias, the US and Great Britain withdraw from UNESCO. The belief that ignorance and prejudice have played a major role in leading nations to war was key in the 1946 creation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1946, the UN body dedicated to education and preservation of culture all over the world. Declaring the organization "reformed," George W. Bush announces in September 2002 that the US will rejoin.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Starving African Emergency famine relief set up for Horn of Africa.
The Montreal Protocol, the treaty to eliminate the production and use of ozone-depleting chemicals, is signed.

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The Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer
Irani soldiers UN Peacekeeping Forces sent in to monitor the cease-fire in the war between Iran and Iraq.

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UN Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group
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Background on the Iran-Iraq war.
Nobel Prize UN Peacekeeping Forces win Nobel Peace Prize. At the time, there were seven peacekeeping or observer missions in existence. Over the next five years, the UN would begin a total of 14 new operations -- more than in the entire first four decades of the organization's history.

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