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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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Institutional and administrative matters

In 2004, the United Nations continued to address administrative and institutional matters in order to ensure the efficient functioning of the Organization. The General Assembly resumed its fifty-eighth session and its tenth emergency special session; it opened its fifty-ninth session on 14 September. The Assembly granted observer status to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Southern African Development Community, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Economic Community of West African States, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. The Assembly also set out modalities for the participation of the Holy See in UN work.

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