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    UNIS/INF/332
    27 August 2009

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    "Yearbook of The United Nations" Covers Turbulent Year

    VIENNA, 27 August (UN Information Service) - The United Nations issued today the sixtieth volume of the "Yearbook of the United Nations", the most comprehensive and authoritative reference work on the activities of the Organization, covering 2006.

    Policymakers, diplomats, researchers, academics, students, journalists and other readers interested in international affairs will find in-depth coverage of the main global political, economic, social and legal developments during the year.

    The 1,795-page fully indexed "Yearbook" reproduces in their entirety the texts of, and votes on, all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions. Its 33 chapters cover political and security questions; human rights; economic and social questions; legal questions; and institutional, administrative and budgetary questions.

    The year saw the signing in May of the Darfur Peace Agreement and the establishment of the United Nations/African Union hybrid force in the Darfur region of the Sudan. The United Nations promoted the settlement of the 19-year conflict between Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army, helped to consolidate peace in Burundi, Liberia and Sierra Leone and helped to conduct successful elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    The escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbullah culminated in an Israeli offensive in southern Lebanon. The Security Council in August helped to bring the situation under control, and blue helmets from nearly 30 countries were deployed in record time to the expanded United Nations force in southern Lebanon.

    In response to the nuclear programmes of Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Security Council imposed sanctions on both countries. In a May referendum, Montenegro separated from Serbia and was admitted in June as the 192nd Member of the United Nations.

    Also in 2006, world leaders tackled HIV/AIDS and international migration at special General Assembly meetings. The Human Rights Council was established as the primary mechanism for promoting human rights. Two landmark conventions strengthened the rights of persons with disabilities and protection from enforced disappearance. A record 99,355 uniformed and civilian personnel served in 27 UN political and peacekeeping missions.

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    The 2006 "Yearbook of the United Nations" is available for $175 (Sales No. E.08.I.1 H; ISBN: 978-92-1-101170-8 ; ISSN: 0082-8521) from United Nations Publications, Two United Nations Plaza, Room DC 2-853, Dept. PRES, New York, NY 10017, USA, https://unp.un.org.

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