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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.

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Foreword

Addressing UN Member States in late 2003, at the end of a difficult and divisive period for the international community, I expressed my belief that the world had come to a fork in the road. In one direction lay an outdated international security system, ill-equipped to handle the challenges of the twenty-first century; in the other, a renewed commitment to international cooperation, and reformed mechanisms able to address problems without passports.

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