Yearbook of the United Nations 2012

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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.



Operational activities for development

In 2012, the UN system redoubled efforts to advance the Organization’s development agenda, and to enhance the relevance, coherence and effectiveness of its development activities. The General Assembly conducted the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development, including the challenges for funding operational activities, the contribution of UN operational activities to national capacity development, and improving the functioning of the UN development system. In December, the Assembly established policy orientations for development cooperation. Total contributions for operational activities for development of the UN system as a whole amounted to $23.9 billion, equivalent to about 17 per cent of total official development assistance, excluding debt relief. About two thirds ($16.2 billion) of that amount was directed towards development-related activities, with the other one third ($7.7 billion) spent on humanitarian assistance-related activities. Some 73 per cent of expenditures concerned programme activities at the country level, of which 49 per cent, or $8.9 billion, went to Africa.


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