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.




In 1999, the United Nations continued its international statistics work programme. In March, the Statistical Commission, the 24-member body that guided UN statistical activities, adopted a classification of expenditure according to purpose and revised recommendations for a vital statistics system. It also adopted practical guidelines for good practices in technical cooperation in statistics and decided to discontinue the Task Force on Environment Statistics. Progress was made in developing an updating mechanism for the 1993 System of National Accounts and on a proposed manual on statistics in international trade in services. The Intersecretariat Working Group on Price Statistics, responsible for the preparation of price index manuals, held its first meeting in February 1999.


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