Yearbook of the United Nations 2002

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The Yearbook of the United Nations provides an indispensable A-Z reference on the United Nations. This new and fully updated edition covers all the major activities undertaken in the United Nations system in 2002. A must-have title for library reference collections, the Yearbook of the United Nations is widely consulted by diplomats, government officials, scholars, journalists and others with a serious interest in international affairs.



International trade, finance and transport

In 2002, world trade reversed the decline of 2001, with preliminary estimates indicating growth of almost 2 per cent. Apart from the United States and some developed economies, imports recovered in only a few countries; import expansion in the developing countries, at only 1.8 per cent, was largely centred in China and East Asia. The revival of import demand in the United States boosted exports from Japan and East Asia and also accelerated the growth of exports of countries with which the United States held free or preferential trade agreements. The recovery in international commodity prices was modest, affecting exports from Africa.


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