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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.


Soochow University—located in Suzhou, East China—has translated eight Chinese editions of the multilingual Yearbook Express for the Yearbook Unit of the United Nations Department of Public Information since 2014, with more to come.

4 May 2016

2012 Pre-press complete!

The Yearbook Pre-press section is designed to help users of the Yearbook of the United Nations by providing information from yet-to-be-published Yearbooks. The Yearbook Pre-press section now features the completed 2012 Pre-press. All 33 Yearbook chapters for 2012 are outlined and include hyperlinks to relevant UN official documents. Draft chapters will be added as they become available.

12 April 2016

2011 Yearbook now online!

The published version of the 2011 Yearbook of the United Nations is now available in full for reading and research on the Yearbook website! The 2011 Yearbook was previously available online only in its Pre-press form. The posting of this latest volume updates the collection of Yearbooks already available through the site, dating back to the 1946–47 edition.

16 December 2015

Just published! Yearbook of the United Nations, 2011

The United Nations today released the sixty-fifth volume of the Yearbook of the United Nations, covering the Organization’s global activities in 2011.

The Yearbook, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states in the Foreword to the volume, serves “not just as a tool to engage public understanding of our work, but also as a reference by which future generations, which we are obligated to protect and empower, may judge the success of our collective efforts”.

29 October 2015

2011 Yearbook now with the printer!

The Yearbook Unit is happy to announce that the sixty-fifth volume in the Yearbook collection, the Yearbook of the United Nations, 2011, is now with the printer and due to appear in December 2015. The ISBN of the new volume is 978-92-1-101277-4. As with other recent Yearbooks, an ebook edition for use on multiple platforms is being published as well which, along with the PDF, will be available from United Nations Publications.

21 May 2015

Yearbook Express speeding along!

Users of the Yearbook of the United Nations conversant in Arabic and Chinese will be glad to know that the 2010 Yearbook Express is now available in these two United Nations official languages as well as English. The Arabic translation was completed by a team of volunteers working through the UNV Online Volunteering service, while the Chinese translation was prepared by students and teachers at Soochow University in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.

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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