Yearbook of the United Nations 1998

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The Yearbook of the United Nations, comprehensive and reliable, is the primary reference work on the United Nations. This fifty-second volume of the Yearbook details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programmes and bodies in 1998. It provides an overview of the major challenges the Organization has addressed in a variety of areas, including peacekeeping and peacemaking; disarmament; human rights; refugees and displaced persons; international crime and corruption; natural resources and energy; and System-wide Special Initiative on Africa. This 1,500 pages volume is fully indexed and reproduces all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions issued during the year. It will be a valuable resource for diplomats, government officials, scholars, journalists and others with a serious interest in international and United Nations affairs.



Development policy and international economic cooperation

During 1998, the East Asian financial crisis, recession in Japan and the Russian crisis—along with contagion through the world financial markets—combined to halve the rate of growth of the world economy and to raise concern about global recession. The number of countries that saw an increase in output per capita in 1998 was 23 fewer than in the previous year. However, the world economic situation was not uniformly bleak. Output per capita was on the rise in more than 100 countries in 1998, with economic growth relatively strong in North America, much of Europe, including some transition economies, China and India.


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