Yearbook of the United Nations 1989

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The Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.



World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO), established in 1948, continued during 1989 to serve as the directing and co-ordinating authority on international health. The World Health Assembly, the governing body of WHO, at its forty-second session (Geneva, 8-19 May), endorsed proposals related to the work of the organization in the following areas: strengthening the basic infrastructure of health systems based on primary health care; improving management, information support and research capabilities; ensuring the development and transfer of appropriate technology to countries; developing and reorienting human resources in line with new strategies; and mobilizing and making best use of all possible financial and material resources for sustainable development. The Assembly also adopted a plan of action to eradicate poliomyelitis, as well as vigorous measures against malaria, dracunculiasis, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and the abuse of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. It approved a budget of $653.7 million for the 1990-1991 biennium.


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