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.



Refugees and displaced persons

In 2004, the total number of persons of concern to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) increased by some 13 per cent to 19.2 million, from 17 million in 2003. An estimated 1.5 million refugees returned to their places of origin during the year, while hundreds of thousands of others were driven out by conflicts and related instability in various parts of the world. UNHCR made progress in seeking durable solutions for those affected, but its efforts were undermined in some areas by such obstacles and challenges as new refugee outflows, attacks on humanitarian personnel, measures that eroded the international protection regime, the increasing volume and complexity of migratory flows and difficulties in sustaining voluntary repatriation.


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