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.




THE 1990s ARE WITHOUT DOUBT an era of dramatic transition and startling contrast. The end of the cold war has encouraged democratization in all parts of the world, but it has also brought increasing national and ethnic strife to many regions. The globalization of economic activity and information has generated untold prosperity and new opportunities, but a growing number of people remain marginalized, mired in chronic, debilitating poverty. The consequences of these and other trends are increasingly felt across national boundaries and require collective action by the international community. More and more in this global age, people and nations are turning to the United Nations, the world’s premier global institution.


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