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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.

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Statistics

In 1997, further work was undertaken by the United Nations in the area of statistics, with special attention paid to international cooperation. At its February session, the Statistical Commission, the 24-member body that guided UN statistical activities, adopted revised international recommendations for statistics in the fields of construction, international trade and international migration, as well as population and housing censuses. In regard to trade statistics, the Commission recommended that all countries using an international commodity description and coding system supply their international trade statistics to the United Nations Statistics Division. Preparations continued for the 2000 world population and housing census, and the Commission endorsed the provisional principles and recommendations for the national censuses which were to be carried out by national authorities with UN assistance for developing countries. As a follow-up to recent major UN conferences, the Commission adopted 15 indicators, known as the Minimum National Social Data Set, as a way of measuring progress in certain areas of social development.

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