Yearbook of the United Nations 1999

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The Yearbook of the United Nations, comprehensive and reliable, is the primary reference work on the United Nations. This fifty-third volume of the Yearbook details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies in 1999. 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. 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.




Countries in Africa that had experienced serious political problems in 1998 continued to do so in 1999, although in some cases the situation improved slightly during the year. The political problems of the continent, mostly brought about by ethnic conflict, were mitigated by some successful efforts by the United Nations, as well as by regional organizations and others, to negotiate settlements between warring factions. Advances were made in the search for negotiated solutions in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and between Ethiopia and Eritrea, opening a possible path towards sustainable peace in those troubled areas. Despite the progress that generated cautious optimism about the future, tensions remained high and warfare continued in a number of countries.


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