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.




In 2003, the United Nations continued its assistance to countries in the Americas region in their efforts to strengthen political stability, security and judicial reform, human rights, demilitarization and the strengthening of civilian power, indigenous rights and socio-economic development. The Organization monitored the political and security situation in Central America, where signs of fragmentation and personalism in political parties had fostered alliances that sought short-term political gain to the detriment of consensus-building around key policy issues


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