Yearbook of the United Nations 1997

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The 1997 edition of the Yearbook of the United Nations details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies, as they are carried out in all corners of the globe. It gives an account of their endeavours to create better and more peaceful conditions for all mankind and record their efforts to deal with matters of pressing concern in a variety of areas, including peacekeeping and peacemaking, disarmament, human rights, trade and development, control of drug abuse and illicit trafficking, crime prevention, assistance to refugees and other vulnerable populations. This 1,652 pages volume is fully indexed and reproduces all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions issued during the year.




THE YEAR 1997, my first as Secretary-General of the United Nations, was marked by global transition and institutional change. As the United Nations continued to meet the challenges of poverty, war and human rights abuses around the world, we knew that our Organization needed to adapt to a new era of globalization and international organization. We knew that if the United Nations was to retain the support of the world’s peoples, it needed to reflect their desires for a more effective, more dynamic and more responsive Organization.


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