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.



United Nations restructuring and institutional matters

In 2010, the General Assembly took concerted steps to strengthen UN coherence system-wide by streamlining institutional arrangements for gender equality and the empowerment of women, consolidating governance of operational activities for development, and improving the funding for those activities. In June, a High-level Tripartite Conference of the eight “Delivering as one” pilot countries reviewed lessons learned from the programme and made proposals for the way forward. In July, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on system-wide coherence, in which it established the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, to be known as UN-Women, by consolidating and transferring to the Entity the mandates and functions of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, the Division for the Advancement of Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women. The Assembly also welcomed the Assembly President’s proposal to designate as the special theme for the general debate of its sixty-fifth session “Reaffirming the central role of the United Nations in global governance” and his intention to organize in 2011 an informal thematic debate on global governance, and considered the Secretary-General’s proposal on a new accountability architecture for the Secretariat.


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