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Vocabulary

armaments вооружение; оружие


armaments drive/race гонка вооружений
to regulate armaments осуществлять контроль над
вооружениями
assist smb. in smth. помогать, содействовать
assistance помощь, содействие
financial assistance финансовая помощь
humanitarian assistance гуманитарная помощь
to render assistance оказывать помощь
attain smth. добиться, достичь чего-либо
attainment достижение
to attain common ends достичь общих целей
ceasefire прекращение огня
to violate the ceasefire нарушать договоренность о
перемирии
ceasefire agreement соглашение о прекращении огня
charter устав, хартия
under the Charter согласно Уставу, в соответствии с
Уставом
to draw up the UN Charter создать устав ООН
convention (on smth.) договор, соглашение, конвенция
to sign a convention подписать соглашение
decision решение
to reach a decision by a simple majority принимать решение большинством
(by plurality) голосов
to reach a decision by a two third принимать решение двумя третями
majority голосов
disarmament разоружение
to govern disarmament руководить процессом разоружения
to disarm разоружать(ся)
dispute конфликт
to settle a dispute урегулировать конфликт
to resolve a dispute разрешать конфликт
to investigate a dispute расследовать причины конфликта
embargo (on) эмбарго
to put (to impose) an embargo (on) налагать запрет (на)
to lift an embargo снимать запрещение
to exercise control (over) осуществлять контроль над
force сила
a peace-keeping forces миротворческие силы
UN emergency force силы особого назначения ООН
to use force against smb. использовать силу против кого-
либо/ужываць сілу супраць кагосьці
to authorize the establishment of a санкционировать создание
peace-keeping force миротворческих сил
headquarters штаб-квартира
at the UN headquarters в штаб-квартире ООН
to mediate (between) посредничать
mediator посредник
mediation посредничество
to monitor контролировать, проверять
peace-maker (peacekeeper) миротворец
to make peace заключить мир
permanent постоянный
a (non-)permanent member of the (не)постоянный член Совета
Security Council Безопасности
to prevent a conflict предотвратить конфликт
to promote способствовать, помогать,
поддерживать, способствовать
распространению (развитию),
поощрять, стимулировать
to promote respect for human rights and поощрять уважение к правам
fundamental freedoms человека и основным свободам
promotion of human rights содействие соблюдению прав
человека
to provide protection защищать
to reduce tension ослабить напряженность
sanctions (against) санкции
to apply sanctions (against) налагать санкции на
session заседание, сессия
annual session ежегодное заседание
regular session регулярное заседание
special session специальное заседание
emergency session экстренное заседание
to be in session заседать, проводить заседание
to hold a session заседать, проводить заседание
veto (on) smth. вето
to have the right of veto иметь право вето
to put/set/cast a veto on smth. наложить вето (запрет) на что-либо
to exercise the veto пользоваться правом
veto privilege право вето/права вета
to veto smth. налагать вето на что-либо
to vote голосовать/галасаваць
to vote (for, against) голосовать (за, против
to vote by ballot голосовать тайно
to vote by a show of hands голосовать поднятием рук
to abstain from voting воздержаться от голосования
vote голосование
secret (open) vote тайное (открытое) голосование
to put to the vote ставить на голосование
to take a vote on a question голосовать по вопросу
the question goes to the vote вопрос выносится на голосование

1.1. Paraphrase the following sentences using words and expressions from the
glossary.

1 . The International Court of Justice has helped countries solve important legal
disputes, and has issued advisory opinions on UN activities.
2. According to the Charter which was worked out by 50 states equality of states
is one of the principles of international life.
3. At government request, the UN controlled elections in Nicaragua and Haiti.
4. In order to take a decision on an important problem it is necessary that two-
thirds of those present should support it.
5. The council may require members of the UN to forbid trade or dealings with
any state found guilty of threatening the peace.
6. Each of the five great powers, members of the Security Council, has the right
to oppose any decision adopted by the Security Council.
7. Several delegations from West-European countries did not take part in the
voting.
8. The central organs of the UNO are situated in New York.

1.2. Fill in the blanks with correct prepositions.

1. The UN would impose economic sanctions ... the offending nations.


2. To help restore peace, the UN imposed in 1991 an annual embargo, which the
Secretary-General and his envoy assisted ... seeking a solution ... the crisis.
3. It established a special Convention ... the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women.
4. The General Assembly exercises control ... the activity of UN organs in the
economic and social fields and deals ... non-governing territories.
5. A veto by a permanent member ... any non-procedural matter means a
rejection of the proposal, even if it receives nine affirmative votes.
6. On substantive matters, including the investigation of a dispute and the
application of sanctions, a majority vote plus one (including those of all
permanent members) is required, but a permanent member may abstain ...
voting without impairing the validity of the decision.

1.3. Piece the phrases together to make complete stories.


1. sanctions on IRAQ, the UN Security Council, resolution changing the, finally
passed a unanimous, procedure for administering. a long list of, whatever is
not on, allow Iraq to import, the so-called "smart" sanctions, "dual-use" items.
2. Assembly passed, military action in the Jenin refugee camp, a resolution
condemning Israel's, to resurrect his inquiry, the UN General, and calling on
the secretary-general, into the action.
3. on world hunger, but hardly any from rich countries, dozens of heads of state,
a UN summit meeting, was attended by, from poor countries. more aid for,
delegates called for, farm products from poor countries, the hungry and lower
trade barriers to.
4. sanctions on Iraq, after years of squabbling, the permanent members of,
Council agreed on, the UN Security, a revised system of. Syria raised
objections, however, a vote was delayed after.

2.1. Before you read the following text, do a quiz on the UN.

1. When was the United Nations founded?


a) 1917; b) 1945; c) 1955

2. What has been the primary purpose of the UN?


a) serving the interests of rich countries; b) maintaining international peace and
security; c) providing humanitarian assistance to the developing countries

3. What obligations do the Member States have under the Charter? Suggest your
own variant.

4. What are the six main organs of the United Nations?


a) Security Council, International Labor Organization, General Assembly,
Secretariat, Trusteeship Council, Economic and Social Council;
b) Security Council, International Court of Justice, General Assembly,
Secretariat, Trusteeship Council, Economic and Social Council, World Health
Organization;
c) Security Council, International Court of Justice, General Assembly,
Secretariat, Trusteeship Council, Economic and Social Council

5. What are the main functions of the General Assembly? Suggest your own
variants.

6. How is the work of the General Assembly organized?


a) holding regular sessions; b) giving advisory opinions; c) providing telephone
recommendations

7. What are the functions of the Security Council? Suggest your own variant.
8. What are the responsibilities of the Secretariat?
a) preparing draft resolutions; b) administrative work; c) convening sessions of
the General Assembly

9. What is the Economic and Social Council entrusted with?


a) coordinating the economic and social work of the United Nations; b) fostering
international cooperation for development; c) both + maintaining a link between
the United Nations and civil society

10. What are the main objectives of the UN trusteeship? Suggest your variant.

11. What is the function of International Court of Justice?


a) deciding disputes between countries; b) providing advisory opinions to the
General Assembly and the Security Council; c) both

12. What is known as the UN family? Suggest your own variant.

How the UN Works

The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries


committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective
security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership
now totals 189 countries.
When States become Members of the United Nations, they agree to accept the
obligations of the UN Charter, an international treaty which sets out basic
principles of international relations. According to the Charter, the UN has four
purposes: to maintain international peace and security, to develop friendly relations
among nations, to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting
respect for human rights, and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.
UN Members are sovereign countries. The United Nations is not a world
government, and it does not make laws. It does, however, provide the means to
help resolve international conflict and formulate policies on matters affecting all of
us. At the UN, all the Member States — large and small, rich and poor, with
differing political views and social systems — have a voice and vote in this
process.
The United Nations has six main organs. Five of them — the General
Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship
Council and the Secretariat — are based at UN Headquarters in New York. The
sixth, the International Court of Justice, is located at the Hague, the Netherlands.

The General Assembly

All UN Member States are represented in the General Assembly - a kind of


parliament of nations which meets to consider the world's most pressing problems.
Each Member State has one vote. Decisions on "important matters," such as
international peace and security, admitting new members, the UN budget and the
budget for peacekeeping, are decided by two-thirds majority. Other matters are
decided by simple majority. In recent years, a special effort has been made to reach
decisions through consensus, rather than by taking a formal vote.
At its 2000/2001 session, the Assembly was considering more than 170
different topics, including globalization, nuclear disarmament, development,
protection of the environment and consolidation of new democracies. The
Assembly cannot force action by any State, but its recommendations are an
important indication of world opinion and represent the moral authority of the
community of nations.
The Assembly holds its annual regular session from September to December.
When necessary, it may resume its session, or hold a special or emergency session
on subjects of particular concern. When the Assembly is not meeting, its work is
carried out by its six main committees, other subsidiary bodies and the UN
Secretariat.

The Security Council

The UN Charter gives the Security Council primary responsibility for


maintaining international peace and security. The Council may convene at any
time, day or night, whenever peace is threatened. Under the Charter, all Member
States are obligated to carry out the Council's decisions.
There are 15 Council members. Five of these — China, France, the Russian
Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States — are permanent members.
The other 10 are elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms. Member
States have discussed making changes in Council membership to reflect today's
political and economic realities.
Decisions of the Council require nine yes votes. Except in votes on procedural
questions, a decision cannot be taken if there is a no vote, or veto, by a permanent
member.
When the Council considers a threat to international peace, it first explores
ways to settle the dispute peacefully. It may suggest principles for a settlement or
undertake mediation. In the event of fighting, the Council tries to secure a
ceasefire. It may send a peacekeeping mission to help the parties maintain the truce
and to keep opposing forces apart.
The Council can take measures to enforce its decisions. It can impose
economic sanctions or order an arms embargo. On rare occasions, the Council has
authorized Member States to use "all necessary means," including collective
military action, to see that its decisions are carried out.
The Council also makes recommendations to the General Assembly on the
appointment of a new Secretary-General and on the admission of new Members to
the UN.

The Economic and Social Council


The Economic and Social Council, under the overall authority of the General
Assembly, coordinates the economic and social work of the United Nations and the
UN family. As the central forum for discussing international economic and social
issues and for formulating policy recommendations, the Council plays a key role in
fostering international cooperation for development. It also consults with non-
governmental organizations (NGOs), thereby maintaining a vital link between the
United Nations and civil society.
The Council has 54 members, elected by the General Assembly for three-year
terms. It meets throughout the year and holds a major session in July, during which
a special meeting of Ministers discusses major economic and social issues.
Beginning in 1998, the Council expanded its discussions to include humanitarian
themes.
     The Council's subsidiary bodies meet regularly and report back to it. The
Commission on Human Rights, for example, monitors the observance of human
rights throughout the world. Other bodies focus on such issues as social
development, the status of women, crime prevention, narcotic drugs and
environmental protection. Five regional commissions promote economic
development and strengthened economic relations in their respective regions.

The Trusteeship Council

The Trusteeship Council was established to provide international supervision


for 11 Trust Territories administered by 7 Member States and ensure that adequate
steps were taken to prepare the Territories for self-government or independence.
By 1994, all Trust Territories had attained self-government or independence, either
as separate States or by joining neighbouring independent countries. The last to do
so was the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Palau), administered by the
United States, which became the 185th Member State.
Its work completed, the Trusteeship Council now consists only of the five
permanent members of the Security Council. It has amended its rules of procedure
to allow it to meet as and when occasion requires.

The International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, is the main
judicial organ of the UN. Consisting of 15 judges elected by the General Assembly
and the Security Council, the Court decides disputes between countries.
Participation by States in a proceeding is voluntary, but if a State agrees to
participate, it is obligated to comply with the Court's decision. The Court also
provides advisory opinions to the General Assembly and the Security Council
upon request.

The Secretariat
The Secretariat carries out the substantive and administrative work of the
United Nations as directed by the General Assembly, the Security Council and the
other organs. At its head is the Secretary-General, who provides overall
administrative guidance.
     The Secretariat consists of departments and offices with a total staff of about
8,900 under the regular budget, drawn from some 160 countries. Duty stations
include UN Headquarters in New York as well as UN offices in Geneva, Vienna
and Nairobi.

The UN system

The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank group and twelve other
independent organizations known as "specialized agencies" are linked to the UN
through cooperative agreements. These agencies, among them the World Health
Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization, are autonomous
bodies created by intergovernmental agreement. They have wide-ranging
international responsibilities in the economic, social, cultural, educational, health
and related fields. Some of them, like the International Labour Organization and
the Universal Postal Union, are older than the UN itself.
In addition, a number of UN offices, programmes and funds — such as the
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN
Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) —
work to improve the economic and social condition of people around the world.
These bodies report to the General Assembly or the Economic and Social Council.
All these organizations have their own governing bodies, budgets and
secretariats. Together with the United Nations, they are known as the UN family,
or the UN system. They provide an increasingly coordinated yet diverse
programme of action.

2.2. Give English equivalents.

1. Организация Объединенных наций/Арганізацыя Аб’яднаных нацый;


2. Генеральная Ассамблея ООН/Генеральная Асамблея ААН;
3. Генеральный секретарь/Генеральны сакратар;
4. Совет по Опеке/Савет па Апецы;
5. Совет Безопасности/ Савет Бяспекі;
6. Секретариат/Сакратарыят;
7. Экономический и Социальный Совет/Эканамічны і Сацыяльны
Савет;
8. Международный Суд/Міжнародны Суд;
9. Устав ООН/Устаў ААН.

2. 3. Translate the following word combinations into Russian.


to be committed to preserving peace;
maintain international peace and
security;
promote respect for human rights
to harmonize the actions of the nations;
to consider the world's most pressing
problems
emergency session;
under the charter;
to settle the dispute peacefully
peacekeeping mission;
arms embargo
to foster international cooperation for
development

non-governmental organizations;
to monitor the observance of human
rights;
crime prevention;
to attain self-government;
to comply with a decision
wide-ranging international
responsibilities