Yearbook of the United Nations 2010

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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.



International legal questions

In 2010, the International Law Commission continued to examine topics relating to the progressive development and codification of international law. It provisionally adopted 59 draft guidelines on reservations to treaties, including 11 draft guidelines dealing with the freedom to formulate objections and with matters relating to the permissibility of reactions to reservations and of interpretative declarations and reactions thereto. The Commission thus completed the provisional adoption of the set of draft guidelines. It also referred to the Drafting Committee 14 draft articles on the expulsion of aliens and 17 draft articles on the effects of armed conflicts on treaties. The Commission further adopted five draft articles on the protection of persons in the event of disasters. It reconstituted its working groups on shared natural resources, on the obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare) and on the long-term programme of work, as well as its study groups on the most-favoured-nation clause and treaties over time. The Commission also established a planning group to consider the programme, procedures and working methods on settlement of disputes clauses.


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