Yearbook of the United Nations 2013

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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.



Humanitarian and special economic assistance

In 2013, the United Nations and its partners continued to face major challenges in responding to humanitarian needs generated by conflicts and natural disasters throughout the world. During the year, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (ocha), with an operating budget of $277.3 million, coordinated humanitarian assistance for 81.21 million people in countries with a strategic response plan. Three level-three emergencies— the highest-level crises for the United Nations and partner agencies—were declared during the year in the Central African Republic (car), the Philippines and the Syrian Arab Republic. In addition, crises in Mali and South Sudan were designated as corporate emergencies—when all ocha offices, branches and sections provided their full support to response activities both at Headquarters and in the field.


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