Yearbook of the United Nations

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The Yearbook of the United Nations—published by the Department of Public Information—stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbookprovides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.
Yearbook of the United Nations 1981

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31 Dec 1981
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The principal reference work of the United Nations providing a comprehensive, one-volume account of the Organization’s work along with information on the work of each specialized agency in the United Nations’ family.

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    • Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization

      Following is the text of the report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization, submitted to the General Assembly and dated 12 September 1981. The Assembly took note of the report on 17 December.

    • Political and security questions

      International tensions and the continued arms race had an adverse effect on disarmament negotiations and deliberations during 1981. and as a consequence there were few tangible results in the field of disarmament. Various aspects of arms limitation, disarmament and the consequences of the arms race were considered by the Disarmament Commission, composed of all United Nations Member States; the Committee on Disarmament, a 40-nation negotiating body meeting at Geneva; and the General Assembly and its First Committee.

    • Economic and social questions

      The discouraging world economic situation–sluggish growth, accelerating inflation, world trade slow-down, worsening current-account balances and higher energy prices–continued to occupy a major part of the attention of United Nations bodies during 1981.

    • Trusteeship and decolonization

      Two countries in the Caribbean area that had been Non-Self-Governing Territories-Antigua and Barbuda, and Belize-gain gained independence in 1981. About 20 Territories remained in some form of colonial status and continued to be the subject of United Nations consideration (p. 1179). Particular attention was devoted to Namibia (p. 1126) and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (p. 1118).

    • Legal questions

      Three contentious cases and a request for an advisory opinion were before the International Court of Justice in 1981.

    • Administrative and budgetary questions

      In December 1981, the General Assembly voted gross appropriations in the amount of $1,506,241,800 to meet the expenses of the United Nations under the regular budget for the biennium 1982-1983. It also approved income estimates totalling $284,553,000. largely derived from staff assessment on salaries and wages. The difference between the two figures resulted in a net budget of $1,221,688,800. After adjustments. Member States were to be assessed a net total of $604,916,600 for 1982.

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