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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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Refugees and displaced persons

In 2003, the total number of persons of concern to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) dropped to approximately 17 million, from 20.8 million in 2002, due largely to the return home of millions of refugees following the end of prolonged crises, mainly in Africa and Afghanistan. Almost 5 million people who had fled their homes found a solution through resettlement or local integration.

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