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Yearbook of the United Nations 2014

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With its comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and administrative and budgetary matters, the Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the annual activities and concerns of the Organization. Fully indexed, the Yearbook includes all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions, uniquely placing them in a narrative context of United Nations consideration, deliberation and action. This sixty-eighth volume presents the work of the United Nations in dealing with recurring conflicts with severe humanitarian consequences including in the Syrian Arab Republic, where more than 12 million people were in need of basic food, clothing and shelter. The volume also highlights the Organization’s rapid response to an escalatory global health emergency—the Ebola virus disease outbreak across West Africa. It documents the Organization’s coordination of policy discussions to finalize a global sustainable development agenda, with the security of future generations as the core concern; and its efforts to rebuild societies emerging from conflict while keeping the fragile peace in other places. It further details the entry into force of the landmark Arms Trade Treaty, the missile downing of a passenger airliner in the midst of a geopolitical crisis in eastern Ukraine, and securing international human rights and humanitarian law and prosecuting abusers.

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International drug control and crime prevention

In 2014, the United Nations, through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (unodc), the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (cnd), the International Narcotics Control Board (incb) and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (ccpcj), continued to strengthen international cooperation in countering transnational organized crime, corruption, drugs and international terrorism. Unodc provided technical assistance, legal advice and research to the main United Nations policymaking bodies in drug control and crime prevention, and assisted Member States in developing domestic legislation and in implementing the international drug control and crime prevention conventions. During the year, the Office improved the alignment between its strategic framework and the normative and technical cooperation services it provided, implemented 16 regional and country programmes; launched a new regional programme in support of the Caribbean Community Crime and Security Strategy; and strengthened cooperation at the regional level in the Sahel. The Office also expanded its global programmes supporting the ratification and implementation of the international conventions on drugs and crime and promoting UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice. It supported preparations for the high-level review conducted by cnd, strengthened its cooperation and coordination with other UN agencies, promoted the coherence of UN initiatives on the rule of law and amplified the impact of its work through cooperation with international organizations.

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