Yearbook of the United Nations 1998

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The Yearbook of the United Nations, comprehensive and reliable, is the primary reference work on the United Nations. This fifty-second volume of the Yearbook details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies in 1998. It provides an overview of the major challenges the Organization has addressed in a variety of areas, including peacekeeping and peacemaking; disarmament; human rights; refugees and displaced persons; international crime and corruption; natural resources and energy; and System-wide Special Initiative on Africa. This 1,500 pages volume is fully indexed and reproduces all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions issued during the year. It will be a valuable resource for diplomats, government officials, scholars, journalists and others with a serious interest in international and United Nations affairs.



United Nations financing and programming

The United Nations financial situation remained precarious in 1998 with unpaid assessments to the regular budget at the end of the year amounting to $2,031 million, slightly lower than at the end of 1997. However, a record high 117 Member States paid their regular budget assessments in full. As a result, the chronic string of large deficits in regular budget cash was broken, reducing the need to cross-borrow from peacekeeping accounts. The Secretary-General said that the recent improvements were positive but small, and numerous unstable conditions held hostage the financial future of the Organization.


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