Yearbook of the United Nations 2009

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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 stands as the most authoritative reference work 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, putting all of these in a narrative context of United Nations consideration, decision and action. In 2009, the Secretary-General called for the United Nations to become the hub of the new multilateralism. This latest volume of the Yearbook, the sixty-third, highlights the response of the Organization to the spreading economic crisis, ongoing food insecurity, and the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, along with the looming climate crisis, against a broad spectrum of security, development, humanitarian and human rights challenges.



Administrative and staff matters

During 2009, the General Assembly continued to review the administrative functioning of the Organization and matters related to United Nations staff. In April, the General Assembly, by resolution 63/269, reaffirmed the need for a global operational framework to enable the United Nations to respond to emergency situations that might impair operations of critical elements of its information and communications technology infrastructure and facilities, and encouraged the Secretary-General to take a unified approach to disaster recovery and business continuity. In October, the Secretary-General presented a framework for a unified approach to disaster recovery and business continuity, highlighting the guiding principles of a strategy for an Organization-wide plan. Also in October, the Secretary-General submitted his first progress report on the enterprise resource planning project (Umoja), cornerstone of reform to the administrative and peacekeeping support functions of the United Nations. In addition, he presented a proposal for risk mitigation measures to protect data and the information and communications systems of the Secretariat during construction work of the capital master plan. The Assembly also adopted resolutions on the capital master plan, the report of the work of the Joint Inspection Unit for 2008 and programme of work for 2009, the timely submission of documents, the pattern of conferences, and the report of the Office of Internal Oversight Services on its activities, as well as on the need to harmonize and improve UN informatics systems for optimal utilization and accessibility by all States.


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