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.



International peace and security

The year 1998 marked the fiftieth anniversary of United Nations peacekeeping. The General Assembly, at a special commemorative meeting on 6 October, adopted a Declaration in which it paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who had served in more than 40 peacekeeping operations around the world and honoured the memory of more than 1,500 of them who had died in the cause of peace. During the year, the Organization continued to pursue its Charter objective of maintaining and promoting international peace and security. The Security Council, in a 29 December statement of its President, encouraged the Secretary-General to explore the possibility of establishing post-conflict peace-building structures as part of the Organization’s efforts to achieve a lasting peaceful solution to conflicts. Efforts also continued towards the prevention and early resolution of conflicts. In July, the Secretary-General invited heads of regional organizations to a meeting in New York to discuss improving cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations in promoting peace. In November, the Security Council set out its views on the role of regional arrangements in the maintenance of peace.


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