|UNRIC Library Newsletter - December 2008|
|New information material|
NEW WEBSITES WITHIN THE UN SYSTEM
60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
2008 ECOSOC resolutions
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) website (English version) has been updated to include the 2008 resolutions and decisions. ECOSOC resolutions are not issued as individual UN documents, but are published altogether, first in sessional compilations (e.g. E/2008/INF/2 + Add.1), and finally as part of the Official Records (e.g. E/2007/99). However, the website provides links to the text of each resolution or decision (e.g. ECOSOC resolution 2008/23, "Protection against trafficking in cultural property").
Charter of the United Nations – new website
The Charter of the United Nations website has been updated. The new site includes an Introductory Note and is organized by chapter.
New Civil Society Participation Database
This database, developed by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), provides online registration for the Civil Society Organizations, facilitates the application procedure for consultative status with ECOSOC and assists accredited NGOs in submitting quadrennial reports and in designating representatives to the UN. Users can search the database of more than 12.000 organizations to find out more about their activities, meeting participation and accreditation status in the areas of sustainable and social development, advancement of women, financing for development, forests and public administration.
Children and armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (S/2008/693)
English, French and Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/2008/693
This is the third report for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and covers the period from June 2007 to September 2008. According to the summary, "The report notes the decrease in the number of allegations of grave violations against children in the reporting period, while indicating that children are still the primary victims of the ongoing conflict in affected areas. It stresses the continued recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups, particularly in connection with outbreaks of hostilities in some areas. The report also raises concerns about the re-recruitment of children, due in part to insufficient support from earlier disarmament, demobilization and reintegration processes. Widespread incidents of rape and other sexual violence against girls and boys remains of critical concern. The report identifies both State and non-State parties responsible for grave violations against children."
Satellite Images of Hijacked Vessels (UNOSAT)
During the first week of December, the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), released a map presenting "a satellite-based identification of three vessels recently hijacked in the Gulf of Aden, and anchored off the Somali coast near the town of Eyl, Nugaal, Somalia as of 20 November 2008".
UNAMI Human Rights Report, 1 January – 30 June 2008
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has issued its 13th report on the human rights situation in the country covering the period 1 January – 30 June 2008. During the reporting period, Iraq has witnessed great improvements in general security conditions, with a marked drop in violent, high-visibility, high-casualty attacks by militias or criminal gangs, but the human rights situation in the country
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: An Historical Record of the Drafting Process
This website provides access to the full text of the historical documents of all meetings from 1946-1948 that led to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Launched on 10 December, the website is a cooperative effort of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office in Geneva.
Unfinished Business: A Comparative Survey of Historical and Contemporary Slavery (UNESCO)
Slavery may have been legally abolished around the world, but it remains “a widespread and deeply rooted component on contemporary life” concludes the first-ever comparative analysis of historical slave systems and modern forms of human bondage, published by UNESCO.
NEW INFORMATION MATERIAL
added to the library collection in December 2008
II.D Trade, Finance and Commerce
Practical implementation of international financial reporting standards: Lessons learned; Country case studies on IFRS.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2008. x, 143 p. (UNCTAD/DIAE/ED/2008/1)
Sales No. E.08.II.D.25. ISBN 978-92-1-12757-1.
Online version: http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/diaeed20081_en.pdf
II.E Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
Revue annuelle du marché des produits forestiers. (Études de Genève sur le bois et la forêt, no 22)
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2007. xxi, 202 p. (ECE/TIM/SP/22)
Sales No. F.07.II.E.18. ISBN 978-92-1-216494-6.
III.B United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Rapport mondial sur le développement humain 2007/2008: La lutte contre le changement climatique : un impératif de solidarité humaine dans un monde divisé.
Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement. New York. 2007. xvi, 382 p.
Online version: http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/global/hdr2007-2008/chapters/french/
III.T International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO)
Clothing Demand from Emerging Markets: An opportunity for LDC suppliers.
International Trade Centre. Geneva. 2008. xvii, 278 pages. (ITC/P224.E/PMD/SC/08-III)
Sales No. E.08.III.T.3. ISBN 92-9137-358-3
Tout savoir sur la promotion du commerce des services: Manuel complet.
Centre du commerce international. Genève. 2007. xi, 156 p.
Sales No. F.08.III.T.2. ISBN 92-9137-360-5.
V International Law
International Instruments related to the Prevention and Suppression of International Terrorism.
United Nations. New York. 2008. xii, 440 p.
Sales No. E.08.V.2. ISBN 978-92-1-133777-8.
Nations Unies Annuaire Juridique 2001.
Nations Unies. New York. 2008. xxiii, 738 p. (ST/LEG/SER.C/39)
Sales No. F.04.V.12. ISBN 978-92-1-233400-4.
IX Disarmament and Atomic Energy
Annuaire des Nations Unies sur le désarmement: Volume 28; 2003.
Nations Unies. New York. 2008. xv, 499 p.
Sales No. F.04.IX.1. ISBN 978-92-1-242145-2.
Annuaire des Nations Unies sur le désarmement: Volume 29; 2004.
Nations Unies. New York. 2008. xvii, 459 p.
Sales No. F.05.IX.1. ISBN 978-92-1-242147-6.
XI Narcotic Drugs (including United Nations Office on Drug and Crime - UNODC)
Crime and its impact on the Balkans and affected Countries.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Vienna. 2008. 126 p.
Online version: http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/Balkan_study.pdf
XVII International Statistics
International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), Rev. 4. (Statistical Papers, Series M, No. 4, Rev.4)
United Nations. New York. 2008. xiv, 291 p. (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/4/Rev.4)
Sales No. E.08.XVII.25. ISBN 978-92-1-161518-0.
Monthly bulletin of Statistics / Bulletin mensuel de statistique: Issue No. 1048, Vol. LXII, No. 10, October / Edition no. 1048, Vol. LXII, no. 10, octobre.
United Nations/Nations Unies. New York. 2008. xii, 303 p. (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/430)
Online version: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs
World Health Organization (WHO)
Atlas of health in Europe: 2nd edition 2008.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. Copenhagen. 2008. viii, 126 p.
Online version: http://www.euro.who.int/Document/E91713.pdf
Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS)
Les droits de l’homme et le système des Nations Unies: Des clés pour agir.
Nations Unies. New York and Geneva. 2008. v, 24 p. (UNCTAD/NGLS/2008/2)
Online version: http://www.un-ngls.org/site/IMG/pdf/Des_cles_pour_agir.pdf
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