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This month in UNRIC’s newsletter

This month in UNRIC’s newsletter

Plastic waste is the main theme of the month. The Icelandic tourist industry promotes Iceland as a "natural" and "pure" destination. But French photographer Julien Joly encountered an unexpected sight when he visited the remote beaches of Hornstrandir - namely plastic. Lots of plastic. It has long been a widespread... Read more

Paradise lost to plastic?

Paradise lost to plastic?

Hornstrandir, the northwestern most part of Iceland has been abandoned for over a century, when the las... Read more

There is no “away” for plastic

There is no “away” for plastic

For a long time, many people thought that marine litter consists of a few pieces of rubbish scattered a... Read more

A creative campaign to clean the oceans

A creative campaign to clean the oceans

What would you name the vortex of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean, also called the 8th continent? And did ... Read more

YOU and the EU vs the plastic bag

YOU and the EU vs the plastic bag

What the EU is doing and how you can helpEU could radically reduce its use of disposable plastic carrie... Read more

Interview of the month: Bo Shack, UNHCR

Interview of the month: Bo Shack, UNHCR

Mr Bo Shack is currently serving as the UNHCR representative in Afghanistan. Despite nearly 30 years in... Read more

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NEW WEBSITES WITHIN THE UN SYSTEM

UN in General

Annual Report of the Secretary-General
English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/64/1(SUPP)
German: http://www.un.org/depts/german/gs/a64-1.pdf
The Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization to the 64th session of the General Assembly has been issued (A/64/1). The report is divided into 3 main chapters:

  • Delivering results for people most in need
  • Securing global goods
  • Creating a stronger United Nations

General Assembly – 64th session
English: http://www.un.org/ga/
French: http://www.un.org/french/ga/index.shtml
Spanish: http://www.un.org/spanish/ga/

General Debate of the 64th Session: 23-26 & 28-30 September 2009
English: http://www.un.org/ga/64/generaldebate/index.shtml
French: http://www.un.org/french/ga/index.shtml
Spanish: http://www.un.org/spanish/ga/64/generaldebate/index.shtml

Security Council Reform - Report of the Open-ended Working Group (A/63/47)
English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/63/47(SUPP)
The report of the Open-ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters related to the Security Council has been issued (A/63/47). This is a subsidiary body of the General Assembly dealing with Security Council reform. The report includes annexes containing schedule proposal and working papers on Security Council reform.

Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About 2008
http://www.un.org/en/events/tenstories/08/index.shtml
The UN tries to make sure that stories that do not necessarily grab the headlines are not forgotten. The Department of Public Information (DPI) has launched a list of stories that unfolded in the last year that the world may wish to hear more about. The stories seek to highlight issues that may not have made it to many people’s radar screens:

  •  Neglected emergency: thousands displaced by violence in Central African Republic
  • Global food crisis: more go hungry amid economic turmoil
  • Road to justice: a novel approach to fighting crime and impunity
  • West Africa drug trade: new transit hub for cocaine trafficking fuels corruption
  • Kosovo: the untold story of a diplomatic breakthrough
  • Climate change: adaptation critical as global warming accelerates
  • Crime in a box: ports crack down on trafficking of arms, drugs and human beings
  • Space debris: orbiting debris threatens sustainable use of outer space
  • Struggle for survival: Colombia's indigenous people face threat of extinction
  • Human rights milestone: new protocol boosts economic, social and cultural rights
Climate Change

Summit on Climate Change (22 September 2009, UN Headquarters)
English: http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/climatechange/lang/en/pages/2009summit
French: http://www.un.org/fr/climatechange/summit2009/
Spanish: http://www.un.org/es/climatechange/summit2009/
The Secretary-General is convening the Summit on 22 September 2009 in order to gather heads of state to discuss the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to be held this December. The Summit website includes background information, the Summit programme, and a newsroom. It also provides statements made at the Summit and links to live coverage of meetings.

Climate Community (new UNDP website)
English, French, Spanish: http://www.undpcc.org
This new site is a knowledge database for information on key climate change issues, and was created to assist governments and other policy makers as they navigate the complicated world of addressing climate change.

Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/climate_change/
This new online feature on was launched by UN Women Watch, to coincide with the Summit on Climate Change on 22 September and to mark the Global Climate Week. It was developed by DAW/DESA, as the Women Watch Task Manager, in close collaboration with IANWGE Task Force on Gender Equality and Climate Change, an initiative co-chaired by UNDP and UNESCO.

Peace and Security


United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Background Note: 31 July 2009
(DPI/1634/Rev.99, August 2009)
English: http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/dpko/bnote.htm
French: http://www.un.org/french/peace/peace/bnote.htm

United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions - Background Note: 31 July 2009
(DPI/2166/Rev.74, August 2009)
English: http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/dpko/ppbm.pdf

Economic & Social Development

Anti-corruption policies and measures of the Fortune Global 500 (UNODC/PricewaterhouseCoopers)
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/corruption/anti-corruption-policies-and-measures-of-the-fortune-global-500.html
This compendium looks at what companies in the Fortune 500 Global Index (2008) are doing to fight corruption. It highlights a range of measures, and different approaches. While there is no one-size-fits-all, businesses should not go below international standards contained in the UN Convention against Corruption.

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2009: Strengthening the Global Partnership for Development in a Time of Crisis
English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/esa/policy/mdggap/index.html
This report points out that although the global partnership for development has strengthened, the world is still very much behind in the efforts in achieving agreed targets, especially in the face of the economic crisis.

The World Economic and Social Survey 2009: Promoting Development, Saving the Planet (DESA)
Report in English: http://www.un.org/esa/policy/wess/wess2009files/wess09/wess2009.pdf
Overview in English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/esa/policy/wess/
This flagship publication from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) argues that failing to address the current level of global inequality over the next half century or more, while the world goes about trying to solve the climate problem, is economically, politically and ethically unacceptable. It contends that low-emissions, high-growth pathways for development are both feasible and necessary.

Human Rights

15 years of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences (1994-2009) - A critical review
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/women/rapporteur/docs/15YearReviewofVAWMandate.pdf

Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners (UNODC)
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/anti-human-trafficking-manual.html
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a new manual that addresses gaps in the capacity of criminal justice practitioners to prevent and combat trafficking in persons and elaborates promising practices at every phase of the criminal justice response to trafficking in persons and stands as a practical guide and training tool for criminal justice practitioners.

Rejecting Impunity: Accountability for Human Rights Violations Past and Present - Report on Human Rights Developments in Timor-Leste: 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 (OHCHR / UNMIT)
Full text: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/EGUA-7VXQK6/$File/full_report.pdf
Summary: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/EGUA-7VXQK6?OpenDocument

Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/docs/UNFFMGC_Report.pdf
The UN Fact-Finding Mission has released its report on the Gaza conflict. The report presents strong evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Gaza conflict and calls to end impunity.





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