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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.

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.


United Nations Day (24 October) marks the entry into force in 1945 of the United Nations Charter. On 31 October 1947, the UN General Assembly, by resolution (168 ((II)), declared that the Day would be devoted to raising awareness of the goals and achievements of the Organization and gaining support for its work.

14 September 2018

2014 Pre-press now featuring draft chapters!

Researchers and scholars and other users of the Yearbook of the United Nations will be glad to know that the 2014 Pre-press is now featuring first proofs of chapters as they become available, replacing the detailed and hyperlinked chapter outlines for their respective topics.

23 August 2018


The social media account @UNYearbook has been regularly tweeting under the hashtag #UNYearbookinAction about how researchers and scholars have recently used the Yearbook of the United Nations as a source for their articles and books. The series also highlights how authoritative institutions such as the libraries of Oxford and Yale promote the Yearbook as an authoritative reference for expanding knowledge of United Nations activities and concerns.

4 August 2018

Improving infant health worldwide!

In a July 2018 report, Capture the Moment, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) noted that while newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive, an estimated 78 million newborns were excluded. The United Nations annually observes World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies worldwide.

9 May 2018

Time of remembrance!

The United Nations annually observes (8–9 May) as a time of remembrance and reconciliation to pay tribute to World War II victims The General Assembly proclaimed those dates in 2004 by resolution 59/26

26 March 2018

2013 Yearbook now available in print!

Following the 16 February release of the online edition of the sixty-seventh volume of the Yearbook of the United Nations, covering the Organization’s global activities in 2013, the publication is now available in print. The Yearbook, as Secretary-General António Guterres states in the Foreword to the volume, "provides critical information for people today and lessons for the diplomats of the future”.

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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