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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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Strengthening and restructuring of the United Nations system

During 2003, the continued implementation of the Secretary-General’s programme of reform of the Organization began to yield results in terms of improved servicing of the General Assembly, a sharpened focus in public information activities and results-based budgeting. In highlighting progress towards realizing the key goal of strengthening the Organization, as set out in the Millennium Declaration, the Secretary-General reported that the United Nations had become more efficient, transparent and creative. It was at the forefront of the battle against poverty and HIV/AIDS; its capacity to deploy its peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations had improved; and the disparate elements of the UN system worked with better coherence.

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