Annual Review of UN Affairs (ARUNA) series

Since the publication of its first edition in 1950, the Annual Review of United Nations Affairs (ARUNA) has stood as the authoritative resource for scholars, students, and practitioners. From the insightful commentaries and introductions, prepared each year by distinguished experts on UN affairs, to the full-text presentation of reports and resolutions, ARUNA provides a practical tour of UN actions and debates on an annual basis. ARUNA presents a comprehensive documentation of the principal developments in its key organs UN, covering the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the International Court of Justice, and the UN Secretariat. Solely official UN documentation is used and consists of 5-6 volumes per year.  The series is published by Oxford University Press (OUP).

  • Dr Joachim Müller is Director for Management and Finance at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna. He was previously with the UN system for 30 years as Director for Resource Management at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Controller at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, at the UN Secretariat, New York, and at the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna. He has been a UN election observer in Namibia and Angola and written extensively on UN reform and management, including The Challenge of Working Together (2010), The Struggle for Legitimacy and Effectiveness (2006), The Quiet Revolution (2001) and New Initiatives and Past Efforts (1997). He has a doctorate (D.Phil.) in Economics and Management Studies from Oxford University, Nuffield College.
  • Dr Karl Sauvant is Resident Senior Fellow and former Founding Executive Director of the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and Guest Professor at Nankai University, China. Before that, he was Director at UNCTAD's Investment Division. He is the other of, or responsible for, a substantial number of publications. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and an Honorary Fellow of the European International Business Academy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.
Foreword and Guest Authors:
  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali, President of the National Council of Human Rights of Egypt and former Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and former Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
  • Lord Mark Malloch Brown KCMG, Former UK Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, Former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and Administrator of UNDP;
  • Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, head of the Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General  Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System;
  • José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Director of the Program in Economic and Political Development at the School of International and Public Affairs, and former Under-Secretary-General of the UN for Economic and Social Affairs, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Minister of Finance of Colombia;
  • Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the UN on the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Professor Edward C. Luck,  UN Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect, Vice President and Director of Studies at the International Peace Academy and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the UN Association of the USA;
  • Ms Louise Frechette, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Ontario and former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN;
  • Mr Rubens Ricupero, Dean of the Fundacno Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), Sao Paulo, and former Secretary-General of UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Minister of Finance of Brazil.


  • Tim Wall was policy advisor to the UN Global Compact. He served as Spokesperson for the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum and edited the 2012 edition of the UN Millennium Development Goals Report. 
  • Jacques Fomerand had a lengthy career with the UN, and retired as director of the North American UN University Office. Since then he has taught in the UN Program at Occidental College, Los Angeles where he is assistant director. 
  • Dr Tapio Kanninen is Senior Fellow and co-Director of the Project on Sustainable Global Governance at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University New York and former Chief of the Policy Planning Unit in the UN Department of Political Affairs;
  • James Arbuckle, former peacekeeper with the UN Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and UNPROFOR in Bosnia, Yugoslavia and Croatia;
  • Dr Johan Schölvinck, former Director of the UN Division for Social Policy and Development;
  • Professor Alexander K.A. Greenawalt, Pace University School of Law;
  • Ms Hannelore Hoppe, Director and Deputy to the High Representative in the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs;
  • Dr John R. Mathiason, Visiting Lecturer at the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs and former Deputy Director of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women;
  • Dr Khalil A. Hamdani, Visiting Professor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad, and former Director at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD);

Go to current edition of ARUNA 2014/2015 (issued in 2016) -- Preface -- Table of Contents

Go to:  all recent ARUNA editions - coverage of last 10 years with 17,375 pages of documentation

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Selected reviews:

...The Annual Review is full of useful information about the activities of each organ, including reports, agendas, votes, resolutions and decisions... -- Legal Publishing Preview, December 1991 

...valued reference on the shelves of documents libraries and libraries specializing in international affairs and international law. -- International Journal of Legal Information, Vol. 20, No. 1, Spring 1992 

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISSN:  0066-4340