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Yearbook of the United Nations 2006

Delivering as 1 - A Unified Response to Global Challenges

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This is the sixtieth volume of the most comprehensive and authoritative reference work on the activities of the Organization, covering 2006. This fully indexed Yearbook, reproduces in their entirety the texts of, and votes on, all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions. Its 33 chapters deeply cover developments in the main political and security questions; human rights; economic and social questions; legal questions; and institutional, administrative and budgetary questions.

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Promotion of human rights

In 2006, the General Assembly established a new subsidiary body—the Human Rights Council—as the Organization’s primary mechanism for promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms, in accordance with Member States’ resolve at the 2005 World Summit to reform the UN system’s human rights machinery. The Council, based in Geneva and comprising 47 members, replaced the 53-member Commission on Human Rights, which had shouldered that responsibility since 1946. All Commission mandates, mechanisms, functions and responsibilities were to be assumed by the Council, which would report directly to the Assembly and whose status and operation would be subject to review within five years.

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