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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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Protection of human rights

In 2008, the United Nations continued to protect human rights worldwide through several mechanisms. Its main organs—the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and the Security Council— remained actively engaged in protecting those rights. The Assembly’s Human Rights Council carried out its task as the central United Nations intergovernmental body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It addressed human rights violations, worked to prevent abuses, provided overall policy guidance, monitored the observance of human rights around the world and assisted States in fulfilling their human rights obligations.

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