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.



Legal aspects of international political relations

In 1998, following six years of preparatory work by the International Law Commission (ILC) and General Assembly committees, a plenipotentiary conference adopted the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. When ratified, the Statute would establish the Court as a permanent institution with power to investigate and bring to justice individuals accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The Conference also set up a Preparatory Commission to prepare proposals for practical arrangements for the Court, including draft rules of procedure and evidence.


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