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.



International monetary fund (IMF)

In 2004, the activities of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) related mainly to its responsibility for overseeing the international monetary system and the economic, financial and exchange rate policies of its member countries. The Fund continued to foster sustainable growth and financial stability, promote sound policies and assist in the global fight against poverty, particularly in low-income countries. Following the expiration of its contingent credit lines instrument, IMF began exploring the scope for adapting precautionary arrangements for crisis prevention and introduced ex post assessment of the programmes it supported. It also continued to emphasize financial sector surveillance and to combat money laundering.


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