Yearbook of the United Nations 2007

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With its comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters, this publication is the most authoritative reference work available on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Fully indexed, the Yearbook includes the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions. This latest volume, the sixty-first, highlights the attention given by the United Nations in 2007 to conflicts in Afghanistan, Central Africa and in the Darfur region, as well as instability in the Middle East, along with the challenges posed by poverty, gender inequality, uneven development, climate change and terrorism.




For the first time in history, by the end of 2007, more than 3.3 billion people—half of the world’s population— were living in urban areas. That number was expected to swell to almost 5 billion by 2030, with most of the growth occurring in developing countries. The urban population of Africa and Asia was expected to double between 2000 and 2030, whereas that of the developed countries was projected to grow relatively little, from 870 million to 1.01 billion.


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