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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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United Nations financing and programming

The overall financial situation of the United Nations continued to be generally positive in 2003, although there was some cause for concern. By year’s end, unpaid assessments were significantly lower than in 2002 and the number of Member States paying their regular budget contribution in full and on time increased appreciably. However, aggregate cash fell and the cash balances of the tribunals were negative. Unpaid assessments reached $1,603 million, compared with $1,684 million in 2002, and debt to Member States for troops and contingent-owned equipment was $449 million as against $703 million at the end of 2002.

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