Yearbook of the United Nations 1996

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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.



Development policy and international economic cooperation

The rates of economic growth of both the developed and developing countries rose in 1996, while the rate of economic contraction slowed in the Commonwealth of Independent States. In many cases, however, output per person was rising only slowly and lacked the dynamism—and poverty reduction—that would come from high levels of investment, capacity expansion, rapid productivity increase and rising employment. Indeed, the risk of marginalization remained high for low-income countries that depended largely on commodity exports for foreign exchange earnings and official development assistance for foreign capital inflows.


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