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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.

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United Nations financing and programming

During 2012, the financial situation of the United Nations was generally sound. By year’s end, aggregate assessments had decreased to $7.3 billion, compared to $11.7 billion in 2011. Total unpaid assessments were lower, with $327 million for the regular budget and $1.3 billion for peacekeeping operations, down from $454 million and $2.6 billion, respectively, in 2011. Cash balances were positive in all areas except for the regular budget, while debt owed to Member States for troops, formed police units and contingent-owned equipment showed improvement, decreasing to $525 million. The number of Member States paying their regular budget assessments in full was 143, the same as in the previous year.

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