Yearbook of the United Nations 2001

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The Yearbook of the United Nations, comprehensive and reliable, is the primary reference work on the United Nations. This fifty-fifth volume of the Yearbook details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies in 2001. 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.



Refugees and displaced persons

In 2001, the total number of persons of concern to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) throughout the world fell to 19.8 million, from 21.1 million in 2000. Over 12 million (60 per cent) of the total were refugees, 5.3 million were internally displaced persons, 925,677 were asylum-seekers, 703,558 returned to their places of origin and the remaining 1 million included forced migrants and stateless people.


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