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|Message from the Chair||UN Decade Objectives||Your Turn|
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: Please visit our new website, where Cornell Law School has posted our UN Decade Newsletters–thanks to the presenters at our 1997 annual business meeting (see Newsletter #13 of June 1997 for related details). The UN Decade’s web site address is provided at the bottom of the gray box, immediately above. (See special notice regarding our new electronic format in Electronic Newsletter below).
This issue is the first since last August. In the interim, I dispatched a letter to each UN Decade Interest Group member (March 2, 1998), describing the issues which we had to discuss at the annual IG meeting (April 2, 1998). The resulting decisions and challenges will impact the future of our group. I will keep this opening message brief–and recommend that you use the index ("In This Issue") as your navigator for accessing the key details for your consideration.
Please be certain to peruse my report of the annual business meeting of the UN Decade group. It includes the recommendation that we (1) continue our work after the close of the UN Decade next year; and (2) that we change our group’s name.
On behalf of the U.N. Decade group, I herein thank Kluwer Law International for its continued support of our work–without which this issue’s Readers’ Corner would be far less informative.
UN DECADE OBJECTIVES: [From the Editor: As a result of a decision made at an annual business meeting of the UNDIG in New York in 1995, each issue of our Newsletter carries this familiar listing of decade objectives. It thus serves as a constant reminder about one of the important reasons for our existence.]
The UN Decade has four essential objectives:
· promoting acceptance of the substantive principles of International Law;
· promoting peaceful settlement of disputes, including greater use of the International Court
of Justice (ICJ);
· encouraging progressive development of International Law and its codification;
·encouraging the teaching, study, dissemination, and wider acceptance of International Law.
This final segment of each Newsletter provides the opportunity to comment on any topic of interest to the UN Decade Interest Group (affectionately dubbed "UNDIG"). It has been a very useful source for planning meeting agenda, new issues to be addressed by UNDIG, and the like. Please take a moment to jot down any comments, constructive criticisms, or suggestions.. Send E-Mail to Editor, UN Decade Newsletter