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The Yearbook Pre-press complements the published Yearbook collection, offering draft chapters or detailed chapter research outlines from Yearbooks currently in production. The Pre-press is updated frequently as new material becomes available.

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Welcome to the multilingual Yearbook Express! The Express features the chapter introductions of recent Yearbooks, along with the report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization in those years, in all six UN official languages.

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The United Nations today released the sixty-fourth volume of the Yearbook of the United Nations, covering the Organization’s global activities in 2010. The Acting Head of the Department of Public Information, Maher Nasser, launched the volume in a celebration attended by United Nations delegates, journalists, researchers, librarians and United Nations staff.

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19 November 2014

YUN 2010 in press!

The Yearbook Unit is happy to announce that the sixty-fourth volume in the Yearbook collection, the Yearbook of the United Nations, 2010, is due to appear in print in December 2014.

26 March 2014

Extra! Extra! It's our new website ...

Since 1946–47, the Yearbook has served as the UN system’s flagship reference work, providing comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters. The Yearbook website made its debut in 2008, offering free access to the entire Yearbook collection.

The new website boasts a powerful search engine and enhanced, e-book quality readability across all platforms and mobile devices. A scrolling gallery of Yearbook cover art provides clickable access to each of the 63 Yearbook volumes. The new Yearbook Pre-press offers a look at Yearbooks currently in production, with draft Yearbook chapters and detailed chapter outlines added regularly. The Yearbook Express, our online-only publication comprising all Yearbook chapter introductions in the six official UN languages, returns, with the 2009 and other editions coming soon. ...

26 March 2014

When was the term "United Nations" first used?

The term "United Nations", originally suggested by United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was first used in the Declaration by United Nations, signed in Washington, D.C., on 1 January 1942—in the midst of the Second World War. ...

26 March 2014

Now in print: the 2009 Yearbook

The 63rd volume of the Yearbook of the United Nations, published in December 2013, covers UN system activities in 2009. ...

31 March 2014

2014 UN Calendar app: free!

Download the new UN Calendar of Observances: Making a Difference app for iPhone, which uses international days and weeks to illustrate the breadth of United Nations activities around the world, for free! ...

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The Yearbook of the United Nations—published by the Department of Public Information—stands as the authoritative reference work on the activities and concerns of the Organization. Based on official UN documents, the Yearbook provides comprehensive coverage of political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters.

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