Yearbook of the United Nations 2007

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With its comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters, this publication is the most authoritative reference work available on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Fully indexed, the Yearbook includes the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions. This latest volume, the sixty-first, highlights the attention given by the United Nations in 2007 to conflicts in Afghanistan, Central Africa and in the Darfur region, as well as instability in the Middle East, along with the challenges posed by poverty, gender inequality, uneven development, climate change and terrorism.



Refugees and displaced persons

In 2007, although the total number of persons of concern to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (unhcr) dropped to 31.7 million, from 32.9 million in 2006, the refugee population worldwide increased for the second consecutive year, owing to conflicts in the Horn of Africa and in Iraq. Of the total, some 13.7 million were internally displaced persons (idps), followed by nearly 11.4 million refugees, 3 million stateless persons and 740,000 asylum-seekers. An estimated 2.8 million refugees and idps returned to their place of origin, most of them with assistance from unhcr. Africa hosted a quarter (2.4 million) of the global refugee population and half of the world’s 24.5 million idps. The United States accepted more than half of the refugees resettled globally under unhcr auspices, or some 31,800 individuals.


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