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.



United Nations financing and programming

The Secretary-General reported to the General Assembly at the close of the year that the Organization had very narrowly avoided bankruptcy during 1989 and prospects were very grim indeed. The only real solution to the continuing financial crisis (resulting from the withholding of assessed contributions to the Organization’s regular budget and for peace-keeping operations) was the payment by all Member States of their assessed contributions in full and on time. Unless and until that basic legal obligation under the Charter was honoured by all Member States without exception, the threat of financial collapse would continue to haunt the United Nations.


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