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Yearbook of the United Nations 2004

A More Secure World - Our Shared Responsibility

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This unique publication, the fifty-eighth volume of the Yearbook of the United Nations, chronicles all the major activities undertaken in the organization in the year 2004. In an increasingly complex international environment, the United Nations addressed, during the year, the many peace and security challenges it faced, especially the threats posed by international terrorism, conflict situations and the potential proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The United Nations also sought solutions to such economics and social problems as poverty, hunger, unsafe drinking water, environmental degradation and endemic and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, by working to implement the Millennium Development Goals.

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Report of the secretary-general on the work of the organization

The United Nations has been through an extraordinarily challenging year. The Security Council had to deal with the controversies surrounding the Iraq crisis and the role to be played by the Organization in the aftermath of the war. There was a surge in demand for peacekeeping operations in a number of countries emerging from violent conflicts. International terrorism and the threat of the use of weapons of mass destruction cast a shadow over all the peoples of the world. Simultaneously, the United Nations also faced a surge in infectious disease as well as the ongoing challenges of extreme poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, human rights violations and humanitarian emergencies. It was against this background that I appointed, last November, a High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change to examine the threats we faced, evaluate our existing policies, processes and institutions and make bold and practicable recommendations.

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