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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 UN Climate Change Conference (2-13 December 2019) #COP25 in Madrid started today, less than a week after the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) issued its annual Emissions Gap Report. The report found that the world is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which hit a new high of 55.3 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2018.

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26 September 2019

30th anniversary of children's rights convention

2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the General Assembly’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which has become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives around the world.

24 September 2019

“Breathe with me” exhibit at UN and Central Park

“Breathe with Me", a public art action for the world, conceived and executed by Jeppe Hein with ART 2030, invites people to paint their individual breath onto large canvases in the shape of vertical blue lines, one for every exhale, raising awareness that the air we breathe is part of our connected world and climate.

23 September 2019

One week: 5 summits, 17 Goals

The outcomes of five high-level events taking place at UN Headquarters in New York this week: the Climate Action Summit (23 September); the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (23 September); the SDG Summit (24-25 September); the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (26 September); and the

8 September 2019

Celebrate literacy and multilingualism!

International Literacy Day (8 September), proclaimed by UNESCO in 1966 and endorsed by Economic and Social Council resolution 1276(LIII) in 1967, aimed to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies. Since then, the concept of literacy has evolved.

28 August 2019

2015 and 2016 Pre-press now featuring detailed chapter outlines!

Researchers and scholars along with other users of the Yearbook of the United Nations will be glad to know that 2015 and 2016 Pre-press material is now available, featuring detailed and hyperlinked chapter outlines for their respective topics. The 2015 Pre-press includes outlines for all Political and security questions, Human rights, Economic and social questions, Legal questions, and Institutional, administrative and budgetary questions chapters.

The Yearbook of the United Nations—published by the Department of Global Communications—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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