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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 death of George Floyd in May 2020 galvanized people worldwide to protest racism and discrimination and prompted global discussions on racial justice, including at the United Nations, which has advocated for human rights and racial equality since its inception.

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29 December 2020

UN and Guatemala peace process

On this day in 1996, after three years of United Nations-moderated peace talks between the Government of Guatemala and representatives from the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca (Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity), the parties signed the Agreement on a Firm and Lasting Peace, ending decades of civil conflict that began in 1962 and took the lives of over 200,000 Guatemalans.

12 October 2020

The fight against influenza

Long before the coronavirus (#COVID-19) arrived, the United Nations created a system to defend against the recurrence of an influenza pandemic like the 1918 flu that killed over 40 million people.

2 July 2020

Take the UN DESA publications and databases survey!

As the authoritative reference on the annual activities and concerns of the United Nations, the Yearbook of the United Nations regularly covers international economic and social questions in its Part Three. Take the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2020 survey of its publications and databases to let the United Nations know your views on these resources! The questionnaire concerns awareness and use of UN DESA publications; influence of UN DESA publications; translation, access and sharing of UN DESA publications; and demographics.

11 February 2020

Support women and girls in science!

Science and technology are often considered to be the forte of men. #Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February), which presents an opportunity to dispel myths, celebrate women who made crucial discoveries and inventions in the world of science, such as physicist Marie Curie, primatologist #JaneGoodall and marine biologist Rachel Carson

2 December 2019

UNEP issues greenhouse gas emissions report

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.

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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