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.




In 2004, the United Nations continued to promote the advancement of the status of women and ensure their rights within the framework of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted at the Fourth (1995) World Conference on Women, and the outcome of the General Assembly’s twenty-third (2000) special session, which reviewed progress in their implementation (Beijing+5). In July, the Economic and Social Council agreed that, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the fifth anniversary of the Assembly’s twenty-third special session, in 2005, the Commission on the Status of Women should convene a high-level plenary meeting at its forty-ninth session to review the implementation of both instruments and consider the current challenges and forward-looking strategies for the advancement of women. The Assembly, in welcoming that decision in December, called upon Governments, UN system entities and civil society, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to continue to take action to implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcome of the twenty-third special session. The Assembly also adopted resolutions on violence against women, crimes against women and girls committed in the name of honour, and trafficking in women and girls.


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