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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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United Nations restructuring and institutional matters

In 2008, the Secretary-General continued to work with the UN system and Member States to further enhance system-wide coherence in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment, and to support progress toward reaching internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. A review of the lessons learned from the first year of experience of the eight “Delivering as one” pilot countries resulted in the issuance of a summary statement on the way forward. Despite remaining challenges, indicators showed that the process had yielded positive results, which was also reflected in the report of the Co-Chairs on system-wide coherence. The Co-Chairs recommended continued consultations in four priority areas: harmonization of business practices, funding, governance, and gender equality and the empowerment of women, which the General Assembly endorsed in September.

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