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.



International legal questions

In 2008, the International Law Commission continued to examine topics relating to the progressive development and codification of international law. It adopted draft articles on the law of transboundary aquifers, and provisionally adopted draft articles on the effects of armed conflicts on treaties. It adopted draft guidelines on reservations to treaties, and provisionally adopted eight draft articles on invocation of the international responsibility of an international organization. It established a Working Group to consider issues relating to the expulsion of aliens, and held debates on the protection of persons in the event of disasters, issues relating to the immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction, and aspects of the obligation to extradite or prosecute.


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