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Online Yearbook is launched at UN Book Days event
09 October 2008 / 03:24

[Dateline: New York | Author:  iSeek]

The SG, USG Kiyo Akasaka and Christopher Woodthorpe at the launch of the UN Yearbook | Credit: Fred Fath, iSeekThe first-ever online version of the Yearbook of the United Nations was launched today at UN Book Days, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon was one of the first to have a look at the new site, getting a personal demonstration session at the launch.

After the launch, the SG looked at the displays set up for UN Book Days, the event organized by the Department of Public Information to showcase information products and services of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

About the online version of the Yearbook

The new web site -- -- provides free public access to the 59 volumes of the Yearbook collection, detailing the work and achievements of the United Nations system over the first 60 years of its existence (1946-2005).

New features and volumes will be added as they become available.

Opening of UN Book Days | Credit: Fred Fath (iSeek)“The Yearbook is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the United Nations and its work”, said Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, who presided over the event. “The online edition brings our history and accomplishments to life for countless people across the globe, at a time when knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting our world are crucial to the achievement of the United Nations mission.”

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 may be displayed in plain text or as a printable PDF file.

It is expected that the new web site will not only serve as an essential research tool, but it will also help users better understand global issues as they affect them today. It will broaden the Organization’s outreach to the public, increasing awareness of, and support for, the United Nations throughout the world.

UN Yearbook About the Yearbook

The Yearbook of the United Nations remains the most comprehensive and authoritative work on the Organization. Each Yearbook volume provides analysis, is fully indexed, and includes the texts of, and votes on, all major General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council resolutions and decisions.

Yearbook chapters are currently divided into five parts covering political and security questions; human rights; economic and social questions; legal questions; and institutional, administrative and budgetary questions.

The online version reproduces all Yearbook volumes up to and including the 1,682-page 2005 edition.

The Yearbook of the United Nations, 2005 and earlier editions are available for purchase at the UN Bookshop and through UN Publications at

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