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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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Children, youth and ageing persons

In 2003, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) continued its efforts to ensure that every child received the best start in life; was fully immunized and protected from disease and disability; completed a quality primary education; and was protected from harm, abuse and violence in times of war and peace and in emergencies. All young people were to be given reliable information on HIV/AIDS prevention.

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