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.



United Nations financing and programming

The overall United Nations financial position continued to be generally positive in 2007, although the situation remained fragile. Cash availability under the regular budget was higher than in 2006 and stood at $283 million by year’s end. However, aggregate assessments had risen by some $299 million and unpaid assessments reached $428 million, compared to $361 million in 2006. Cash resources for peacekeeping amounted to over $2.7 billion, while debt owed to Member States stood at $779 million. The number of Member States paying their regular budget assessments in full and on time increased to 140.


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