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.



Europe and the Mediterranean

In 2003, the countries in post-conf lict situations in Europe and the Mediterranean continued their slow and difficult progress towards the restoration of peace and stability by consolidating the progress made so far in re-establishing their governance institutions and social and economic infrastructure, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Serbia and Montenegro province of Kosovo. However, many political issues and situations remained unresolved. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, through the efforts of the international community, currently led by the European Union (EU),a number of reforms were undertaken, particularly in the areas of the rule of law, refugee return and economic development, in accordance with European standards.


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