Yearbook of the United Nations 2004

A More Secure World - Our Shared Responsibility

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This unique publication, the fifty-eighth volume of the Yearbook of the United Nations, chronicles all the major activities undertaken in the organization in the year 2004. In an increasingly complex international environment, the United Nations addressed, during the year, the many peace and security challenges it faced, especially the threats posed by international terrorism, conflict situations and the potential proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The United Nations also sought solutions to such economics and social problems as poverty, hunger, unsafe drinking water, environmental degradation and endemic and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, by working to implement the Millennium Development Goals.



Humanitarian and special economic assistance

In 2004, the United Nations, through the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), continued to mobilize and coordinate humanitarian assistance to respond to international emergencies. During the year, consolidated interagency appeals were launched for Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Chechnya and neighbouring republics of the Russian Federation, Côte d’Ivoire + 3 (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, the Great Lakes region (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania), Grenada, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, the West Africa subregion (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone) and Zimbabwe. The appeals sought 3.4 billion, of which 2.2 billion was made available, meeting 64 percent of requirements. Excluding contributions in kind and services not costed, OCHA recorded contributions for natural disaster assistance totalling $597.3 million.


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