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.



International trade, finance and transport

The collapse in growth of international trade, exacerbated by the disruption caused by the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States, was the key feature of the economic slowdown of 2001. The international economic environment deteriorated, particularly for many developing countries and countries in transition. Net financial flows to those countries remained at a low level, the external financing conditions for them were more stringent and total flows of foreign direct investment fell. Developments during the year underlined the high degree of interdependence between developed and developing countries, as well as the need for further reforms in the international trade and financial systems.


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