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Yearbook of the United Nations 2008

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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, the Yearbook of the United Nations 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-second, highlights the attention given by the United Nations in 2008 to conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Georgian province of Abkhazia, and the Sudan, along with the challenges posed by the global food security crisis, severe economic recession, climate change, natural disasters, piracy and terrorism.

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International Court of Justice

In 2008, the International Court of Justice (icj) delivered three Judgments, made nine Orders, and had 17 contentious cases and one request for an advisory opinion pending before it. In a 30 October address to the General Assembly, the icj President, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, noted that the period from 1 August 2007 to 31 July 2008 marked the Court’s most productive year in its history and that the cases decided during the previous year had involved States from every UN regional group. The universal character of the Court was also reflected in the wide range of subjects addressed in those cases, which included human rights, territorial sovereignty, mutual legal assistance, maritime delimitation, and the interpretation of an earlier Judgment.

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