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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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United Nations financing and programming

The financial situation of the United Nations showed some improvement in 2008, although it remained fragile. Cash availability under the regular budget was lower than in 2007 and stood at $19 million by year’s end. Assessments stood at $1.8 billion—a decrease of some $174 million—and unpaid assessments totalled $417 million, compared to $428 million in 2007. Cash balances were higher for peacekeeping operations, the international tribunals and the capital master plan, while debt owed to Member States stood at $431 million. The number of Member States paying their regular budget assessments in full and on time increased to 146.

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