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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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Protection of human rights

In 2003, the protection of human rights-civil and political, as well as economic, social and cultural remained a major focus of UN activities. During the year, follow-up activities continued to be undertaken to implement the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) adopted at the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, including the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Working Group established by the Economic and Social Council to make recommendations for effective implementation of DDPA and the first meeting of the five independent eminent experts appointed by the Secretary-General to follow up the implementation process.

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