Yearbook of the United Nations 1989

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



Other administrative and management questions

In 1989. the Committee on Conferences continued to examine ways in which conference resources within the UN system could be used more effectively. In December, the General Assembly requested the Committee to review the methodology of conference-servicing utilization rates in order to provide, if possible, a more accurate assessment of die overall use of conference resources, so that optimum use could be made of those services (resolution 44/196 A). It also asked the Secretary-General to analyze the printing requirements of the Organization and to recommend proposals to maximize the cost-effectiveness of external and internal printing (resolution 44/196 B). The Assembly endorsed the SecretaryGeneral’s view that a single conference-servicing facility at the Vienna International Centre would represent the ideal solution for servicing the UN system there, and requested him to expedite consultations within the system to that end (resolution 44/201 A). An in-depth review of the operation of common services at Vienna was also requested (resolution 44/201 B). The Assembly expressed deep concern at the delay in completion of reports on work-load statistics and standards regarding conference and library services, as earlier requested by the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ). It also requested that the Secretary-General begin implementing an optical disc system for storage and retrieval of digital material and to submit to the Assembly in 1990 a report providing a comprehensive plan for full implementation of that system, including by regional commissions and at other duty stations.


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