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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.

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Legal aspects of international political relations

In 2004, the International Criminal Court (ICC), established by the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, focused on meeting its primary objective of becoming an independent and credible institution of international criminal justice. Significant developments included the adoption in May of the Regulations of the Court and the creation of an operational Office of the Prosecutor. In July, the Prosecutor opened the first ICC investigations, which concerned alleged crimes falling within the Court’s jurisdiction committed in the territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On 4 October, the Relationship Agreement between ICC and the United Nations, which set out a legal framework for their cooperation in the effective discharge of their respective responsibilities, entered into force. In December, the General Assembly called on States not yet parties to the Rome Statute to consider acceding to it. In other action, the Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property, the draft of which had been prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee established in 2000 to elaborate the Convention.

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