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 trade, finance and transport

The World Trade Organization (wto) Doha Round of trade negotiations stood at a critical juncture as negotiations entered the seventh year in 2008, when they were scheduled to conclude. The focus was on establishing full modalities for reducing commitments in agriculture and non-agricultural market access. In July, an informal wto “mini-ministerial” meeting, convened to establish modalities on agriculture and non-agricultural market access, failed to achieve a breakthrough to set the basis for concluding the Doha Round in 2008.


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