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Yearbook of the United Nations 2009

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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 stands as the most authoritative reference work 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, putting all of these in a narrative context of United Nations consideration, decision and action. In 2009, the Secretary-General called for the United Nations to become the hub of the new multilateralism. This latest volume of the Yearbook, the sixty-third, highlights the response of the Organization to the spreading economic crisis, ongoing food insecurity, and the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, along with the looming climate crisis, against a broad spectrum of security, development, humanitarian and human rights challenges.

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United Nations financing and programming

During 2009, the financial situation of the United Nations was generally mixed, showing some improvement in the last quarter. By year’s end, aggregate assessments had decreased to $9 billion, compared with $10.1 billion in 2008. Total unpaid assessments were lower, with $335 million for the regular budget and $1.9 billion for peacekeeping operations, down from $417 million and $2.9 billion in 2008. Cash balances were higher for all categories, except peacekeeping, with $520 million available for the regular budget, while debt owed to Member States was $775 million. The number of Member States paying their regular budget assessments in full dropped to 136.

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