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.



United Nations financing and programming

The financial situation of the United Nations continued to improve in 2004 despite some areas of concern. By the end of the year, unpaid assessments almost doubled, compared to 2003, and the number of Member States paying their contributions to the regular budget in full and on time fell. While aggregate cash increased slightly, the Organization was still obliged to cross-borrow from other accounts and was still using reserves at the end of the year. Unpaid assessments reached $2.9 billion, compared to $1.6 billion in 2003, and debt to Member States for troops and contingent-owned equipment was $549 million, against $449 million in 2003.


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