Did you know Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (born January 19, 1920, in Lima) is a Peruvian diplomat who was elected twice as Secretary General of the United Nations?. During Mr. Perez de Cuellar's tenure as UN Secretary General, from January 1, 1982 to December 31, 1991, monumental changes came to pass in the world. The end of the Cold War occurred as the Soviet Union disintegrated, the Berlin Wall came down and East and West Germany were reunited. Major achievements were negotiated at the United Nations for bilateral arms control and disarmament, which brought about a lessening of tensions between East and West. The Security Council faced issues using consensus leadership after many years of intense standoff between super powers. Successful peacekeeping missions in Namibia, Cambodia, and Central America were conducted. South Africa's apartheid system was also coming to an end. The United Nations began its work anew and in earnest helping to organize and monitor free and fair elections in new democracies. Secretary General Perez de Cuellar deserves credit for his role in guiding the United Nations through these many successes.
Did you know a Spanish fleet that departed from the port of Callao, which was then led by a courageous woman born in Peru, Isabel Barreto, discovered the Marquesas islands in 1595 in the Southern Pacific Ocean? Please read the full story here
Did you know Peru is five times the size of the UK and four times the size of Italy? To link Penzance in South West England with Thurso in the North of Scotland you have to invest in a 823 miles road, a similar distance to communicate two cities located only in Southern Peru : Tacna and Ayacucho, which are 846 miles away from each other. A network of roads, railways and other means of communications is a pre-condition for development.