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Yearbook of the United Nations 1997

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The 1997 edition of the Yearbook of the United Nations details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies, as they are carried out in all corners of the globe. It gives an account of their endeavours to create better and more peaceful conditions for all mankind and record their efforts to deal with matters of pressing concern in a variety of areas, including peacekeeping and peacemaking, disarmament, human rights, trade and development, control of drug abuse and illicit trafficking, crime prevention, assistance to refugees and other vulnerable populations. This 1,652 pages volume is fully indexed and reproduces all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions issued during the year.

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Refugees and displaced persons

In 1997, the number of persons of concern to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) totalled 21 million. Of those, some 12 million were refugees, 3.3 million were repatriating refugees in the early stages of their reintegration, 3.6 million were internally displaced persons and 1.2 million others were humanitarian cases, for the most part victims of conflict. During the year, more than 676,000 refugees returned voluntarily to their countries of origin, highlighting the fact that repatriation was the preferred solution for many of the world’s refugees.

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