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.



Humanitarian and special economic assistance

In 2008, the United Nations, through the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (ocha), continued to mobilize and coordinate humanitarian assistance to respond to international emergencies. During the year, consolidated inter-agency and flash appeals were launched for Bolivia, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Myanmar, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Somalia, Southern Africa, the Sudan, Tajikistan, Uganda, West Africa, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Ocha received contributions for natural disaster assistance totalling $1.4 billion.


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