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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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International trade, finance and transport

In 2004, international trade continued to grow, with the volume of world merchandise trade increasing markedly by an estimated 10.5 per cent, from 6.2 per cent in 2003. As manufacturing gathered pace and domestic demand improved in more economies, the brisk economic environment further raised the prices of commodities and manufactures, resulting in a nearly 19 per cent increase in the dollar value of global trade, to $8.6 trillion. Although developed countries, particularly North American States and Japan, accounted for much of the growth, many developing countries and economies in transition also experienced remarkable trade performance.

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