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.



Regional economic and social activities

In 2014, the five UN regional commissions of the Economic and Social Council—the Economic Commission for Africa (eca), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (escap), the Economic Commission for Europe (ece), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (eclac) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (escwa)—continued to provide technical cooperation, including advisory services, to their Member States, promote programmes and projects and provide training to enhance national capacity-building. Four of them—eca, eclac, escap and escwa—held regular sessions during the year while ece did not meet in 2014. The Executive Secretaries of the commissions continued to hold periodic meetings to exchange views and coordinate activities and positions on major development issues.


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