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 court of justice

In 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered nine Judgments and one Advisory Opinion, made 6 Orders and had 21 contentious cases and one request for an advisory opinion pending before it. In a 4November address to the General Assembly, the ICJ President underlined the role of the Court and its contribution to the promotion and development of a unified international legal system, both by the adjudication of contentious disputes between States and by the exercise of its advisory function. He noted the increased use of the Court by States in recent years and recalled that, in order to meet the growing demand and fulfil its judicial responsibilities, the Court had taken further steps to improve its judicial efficiency.


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