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.



Operational activities for development

In 2004, the UN system continued to provide development assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the central UN funding body for technical assistance. UNDP income in 2004 amounted to $4.2 billion, a 24 per cent increase over 2003. Total expenditure for all programme activities and support costs in 2004 was $3.6 billion, compared with $3.1 billion the previous year. Technical cooperation funded through other sources included $48.9 million provided through the programme executed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, $76.8 million through the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, and $27.6 million through the United Nations Capital Development Fund.


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