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.



Europe and the mediterranean

In 2004, progress towards the restoration of peace and stability and the settlement of several long-standing disputes in Europe and the Mediterranean suffered serious setbacks, as renewed violence risked derailing the stabilization and normalization process in the Serbia and Montenegro province of Kosovo, and almost brought the Georgian/Abkhaz peace process to a standstill, while efforts to reunite Cyprus in a bizonal, bicommunal federation ended in a stalemate with no immediate prospects of a way forward. Only in Bosnia and Herzegovina was there any significant progress to report regarding United Nations efforts to restore stability.


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