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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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Law of the sea

In 1997, the United Nations continued to pay special attention to the implementation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, an important instrument for the maintenance and strengthening of international peace and security, as well as for sustainable use of the world’s seas and oceans. In November, the General Assembly reaffirmed its decision to undertake an annual review and evaluation of the implementation of the Convention and other developments relating to ocean affairs and the law of the sea. It also noted with satisfaction the work of the International Seabed Authority and approved an agreement concerning the relationship between the United Nations and the Authority. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which was established in 1996 to settle disputes concerning the interpretation of the Convention, adopted its Rules, a resolution on internal judicial practice and guidelines for the preparation and presentation of cases before the Tribunal. Also in 1997, another important institution, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, was established. During its second session, the Commission adopted its modus operandi and rules of procedure.

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