Yearbook of the United Nations
With its comprehensive coverage of UN engagement in political and security matters, human rights issues, economic and social questions, legal issues, and institutional, administrative and budgetary matters, the Yearbook of the United Nations stands as the authoritative reference work on the annual activities and concerns of the Organization. Fully indexed, the Yearbook also includes the texts of all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions. This in-depth narrative of its annual work has been produced by the United Nations since 1946.
The most recently published Yearbook, Volume 63, covering the achievements of the United Nations in 2009, appeared in December 2013.
Structure and scope. The Yearbook is subject-oriented and divided into five parts covering political and security questions; human rights issues; economic and social questions; legal questions; and institutional, administrative and budgetary questions. Chapters and topical headings present summaries of pertinent UN activities, including those of intergovernmental and expert bodies, major reports, Secretariat activities and, in selected cases, the views of States in written communications.
Activities of United Nations bodies. All resolutions, decisions and other major activities of the principal organs of the United Nations and, on a selective basis, those of subsidiary bodies are placed in context and either reproduced or summarized in the appropriate chapter. The texts of all resolutions and decisions of substantive nature adopted by the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council are reproduced or summarized under the relevant topic. In addition to the narrative context provided, these texts are preceded by procedural details giving date of adoption, meeting number and vote totals (in favour–against–abstaining) if any; and an indication of their approval by a sessional or subsidiary body prior to final adoption. The texts are followed by details of any recorded or roll-call vote on the resolution/ decision as a whole.
Major reports. Most reports of the Secretary-General, along with selected reports from other UN sources, such as seminars and working groups, are briefly summarized.
Secretariat activities. The operational activities of the United Nations for development and humanitarian assistance are described under the relevant topics. For major activities financed outside the UN regular budget, selected information is given on contributions and expenditures.
Views of States. Written communications sent to the United Nations by Member States and circulated as documents of the principal organs are summarized in selected cases, under the relevant topics. Substantive actions by the Security Council are analyzed and brief reviews of the Council’s deliberations given, particularly in cases where an issue was taken up but no resolution was adopted.
Available on the Yearbook website, the Yearbook Pre-press complements the published Yearbook collection by offering draft chapters and detailed chapter research outlines from Yearbooks currently in production.
The online-only multilingual Yearbook Express, also on the website, 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. The Yearbook Express is currently available for 2008 and 2009.
The Yearbook Twitter account @UNYearbook offers an historical perspective on current UN activities and concerns.