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.



International legal questions

In 2014, the International Law Commission continued to examine topics relating to the progressive development and codification of international law. It adopted a set of 31 draft articles on the expulsion of aliens, thus concluding its work on the topic. It also adopted a set of 21 draft articles on protection of persons in the event of disasters; provisionally adopted five draft conclusions on the identification of subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties, and two draft articles on immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction; and took note of eight draft conclusions on identification of customary international law, provisionally adopted by its drafting committee. The Commission further adopted the final report on the obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare) and concluded its consideration of the topic; included in its programme of work the topic of crimes against humanity, and reconstituted its study group on the most-favoured-nation clause, which began consideration of its final report. In December, the General Assembly welcomed the adoption of the draft articles on the expulsion of aliens and the conclusion of the Commission’s work on the topic.


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