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.



Strengthening and restructuring of the United Nations system

In 2004, the implementation of the Secretary- General’s reform proposals to further improve the work of the Organization was largely completed. Notable achievements included the alignment of the Organization’s activities with the priorities agreed upon at the Millennium Summit in 2000 and at the global conferences of the 1990s, a major reorganization of two large Departments— the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management and the Department of Public Information—as well as reforms at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Regarding planning and budgeting, a two-year strategic framework replaced the four-year medium-term plan, with good results. The processes for programme planning and resource allocation became better aligned, and the intergovernmental review process, streamlined.


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