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.



Institutional and administrative matters

In 2003, the United Nations continued to address administrative and institutional matters in order to ensure the efficient functioning of the Organization. The General Assembly resumed its fiftyseventh session and its tenth emergency special session; it opened its fifty-eighth session on 16 September. It granted observer status to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the Eurasian Economic Community, the GUUAM (a regional agreement among Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova) and the East African Community. The World Tourism Organization became a UN specialized agency.


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