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Yearbook of the United Nations 2008

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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, the Yearbook of the United Nations 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-second, highlights the attention given by the United Nations in 2008 to conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Georgian province of Abkhazia, and the Sudan, along with the challenges posed by the global food security crisis, severe economic recession, climate change, natural disasters, piracy and terrorism.

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Operational activities for development

In 2008, the United Nations system continued to provide development assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition through the United Nations Development Programme (undp), the central United Nations funding body for technical assistance. Undp income reached $6 billion. Total expenditure for all programme activities and support costs in 2008 increased to $5.39 billion. Total income for the United Nations Capitol Development Fund (uncdf) reached $50.1 million in 2008, including $6 million managed by uncdf on behalf of undp. At year’s end, United Nations Foundation allocations to projects of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships reached approximately $1.06 billion.

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