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.




Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues remained in 2008 at the forefront of the international agenda, with the objective of moving towards a nuclear-weapons-free world. Advances towards that goal, however, were modest, as both the Conference on Disarmament and the United Nations Disarmament Commission remained in deadlock. The Conference was unable to reach a consensus on a substantive programme of work, while the Commission concluded its three-year cycle without any consensus on recommendations concerning nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as practical confidence-building measures in the field of conventional weapons. Meanwhile, the chronic pattern of deeply divided voting on nuclear resolutions in the General Assembly continued.


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