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Yearbook of the United Nations 2003

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This unique publication, the fifty-seventh volume of the Yearbook of the United Nations, chronicles all the major activities undertaken in the United Nations system in the year 2003. Some of the issues faced in that particularly challenging year include the rift in the Security Council over the use of force by a United States-led coalition against Iraq because of its alleged retention of banned weapons of mass destruction, the terrorist attack on the Organization’s headquarters in Baghdad, the establishment by the Secretary-General of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, and the Security Council’s adoption of a declaration on combating terrorism.

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International tribunals

In 2003, the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (ICTY) moved forward with its strategy to complete investigations in 2004 and first instance trials in 2008. In May, the Security Council amended the ICTY statute to permit ad litem judges, during the period of their appointments to a trial, also to adjudicate in pre-trial proceedings in other cases. The Council reappointed Carla Del Ponte as the Tribunal’s Prosecutor for a four-year term with effect from 15 September 2003.

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