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Comprehensive United Nations Yearbook Goes Online

UN Yearbook Goes Online, Bringing The Organization’s Work Closer To The Public

New York, Oct 9 2008 12:10PM

The Yearbook of the United Nations, the basic reference book on the work of the Organization, went online today, placing 60 years of UN activities at the disposal of the public.

The new website – unyearbook.un.org – provides free public access to the 59 volumes and over 60,000 pages of the Yearbook collection, detailing the work and achievements of the UN system over the first six decades of its existence, from 1946 through 2005.

“This is a tremendous step forward,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of the website today at UN Headquarters. “UN Yearbooks document all major events, with information and analysis on virtually every UN resolution and decision.”

“I have a full set of the Yearbooks in my office, and I’ll always treasure it,” he added. “But I will definitely be using this new online version. With just a few clicks, anyone can search through this comprehensive historical record.”

The new site incorporates a user-friendly search function, allowing users to locate any Yearbook reference using key words, phrases or document symbols, by year or range of years. Search results can be displayed in plain text or as a printable PDF file.

“The online edition will not only prove a boon to academics and experts, “said at the launch Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, “but will also help show the people of the world, who are served by the UN system, that the Organization does make a real difference, and can continue to do so with their support."

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