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.




In 2014, global population neared 7.3 billion people, an increase of over 1.6 billion since the 1994 adoption of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (icpd). It was projected to reach 8.4 billion by 2030, with poor families and low-income countries accounting for much of this growth. Population dynamics continued to shape the development landscape, with high mobility and migration expanding population growth in urban areas by 1.3 million people each week. The social and economic development gains achieved in the twentyfirst century were already at risk from inequality and urban poverty. The United Nations Population Fund (unfpa) responded to 34 humanitarian crises, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As mandated by the General Assembly, unfpa also conducted a 20- year review of the Programme of Action of the icpd, which gathered data from 176 countries. The results of the review were summarized in the Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the icpd, which was launched by the Secretary- General in February and was considered at a special session of the General Assembly in September.


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