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.



Development policy and international economic cooperation

In 2001, the world economy took an unexpectedly severe and widespread downturn. Following an unprecedented period of growth, the slowdown began in the developed economies, particularly North America, but quickly spread around the world through global trade, finance and investment links. The pervasive slowdown, aggravated by the terrorist attacks against the United States in September, led to a substantial decline in global growth from 4 per cent in 2000 to about 1.4 per cent in 2001. Growth in the developed economies was the lowest in a decade, as was annual average growth in the developing countries, with the exception of the year following the Asian crisis. The economies in transition exhibited greater resilience but their average growth also declined during the year.


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