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.



United Nations staff

In 2004, the work of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), the body which examined and made recommendations on the conditions of service of the staff of the UN common system, was reviewed by the Panel on the Strengthening of the International Civil Service, appointed by the Secretary-General. The Panel made recommendations for improving the functioning of the Commission, including proposals for enhancing the consultative process, facilitating the selection of high-level experts to bring to the Commission a mix of knowledge and expertise and limiting the terms of office of its members and the length of its sessions.


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