Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization

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The 2018 annual report of the Secretary-General reflects the challenges and opportunities the United Nations has faced over the past year. It presents an account of the progress made and the impact of the work of the Organization across its priorities of maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development and upholding international law. It offers a frank, realistic analysis of current global issues and emphasizes the importance of multilateral action to maintain and improve the current world situation.

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The work of the Organization

Many people around the world are living better lives than they did a decade ago. Globally, the under-5 mortality rate dropped to 41 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016 from 78 in 2000 — a 47 per cent decline. In the least developed countries, the proportion of the population with access to electricity has more than doubled since 2000. Labour productivity has increased worldwide, the unemployment rate has decreased and Governments have been actively putting in place the institutions and frameworks necessary to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

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