|UNRIC Library Newsletter - August 2011|
|New information material|
New Websites within the UN System
Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization (A/66/1)
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/A/66/1
The Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization to the 66th session of the General Assembly is now available. In introducing the report the Secretary-General notes that: “We are living in a time of global transition. Future generations are likely to describe this period as a pivotal juncture in world history when the status quo was irrevocably weakened and the contours of a new world began to emerge.”
The annex of report includes “Millennium Development Goals, targets and indicators, 2011: statistical tables”.
2011 High Level Meeting on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, General Assembly, United Nations, New York, 19-20 September 2011
The four main non-communicable diseases - cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes - kill three in five people worldwide, and cause great socioeconomic harm within all countries, particularly developing nations. The decision by the United Nations General Assembly to convene a High-Level Meeting on NCDs on 19-20 September 2011 presents a unique opportunity for the international community to take action against the epidemic, save millions of lives and enhance development initiatives.
News Focus: Horn of Africa crisis
How to Find a UN Document Using a UN Document Symbol
The UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library has developed a tutorial on the classic “Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS)”, another on the Google interphase ODS and one on UNBISnet.
Hitting the Ground Running: Workshop for Newly Elected Members of the Security Council (UN Pulse)
Security Council Concept Note: Peacekeeping – taking stock and preparing for the future
English & French: http://undocs.org/S/2011/496
The Security Council President for the month of August, India, has prepared a concept note for an open debate on United Nations peacekeeping operations on 26 August 2011.
Security Council Presidential Statement on Syria (3 August 2011) - Historical background (UN Pulse)
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Fact Sheet: 30 June 2011 (DPI/1634/Rev.122, July 2011)
Food and Ecological Security: Identifying synergy and trade-offs (UNEP Policy Series, Issue No. 4, June 2011)
The Policy brief discusses the impacts of accelerated food production on ecosystems and ecosystem services, the trends in ecosystem services especially from cultivated ecosystems, how the twin objectives of food and ecological security can be aligned, and the related policy implications.
Global Afghan Opium Trade: A Threat Assessment (UNODC)
Afghanistan remains by far the largest source of the global illicit trade in opium and heroin, which generated some US$ 68 billion in 2009. 16.5 million people annually abuse opiates worldwide. Heroin takes the bulk of the market with 12 - 13 million people consuming 375 tons of heroin per year.
Global Development Horizons 2011 — Multipolarity: The New Global Economy (World Bank)
The first edition of a new World Bank flagship report, Global Development Horizons 2011, focuses on three major international economic trends: the shift in the balance of global growth from developed to emerging economies, the rise of emerging-market firms as a force in global business, and the evolution of the international monetary system toward a multicurrency regime.
Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality (WHO)
This fourth edition of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality builds on over 50 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality, which has formed an authoritative basis for the setting of national regulations and standards for water safety in support of public health.
Promoting Gender Equality: An Equity-Focused Approach To Programming (UNICEF)
UNICEF has launched a series of operational guidance documents designed to help its staff and partners promote gender equality through UNICEF-supported programming globally. The two-page briefs are available on the following topics: Young child survival and development, Basic education and gender equality, HIV/AIDS and children, Child protection, Policy advocacy and partnerships for children's rights, Humanitarian action
Securing the Future Today: Synthesis of Strategic Information on HIV and Young People (UNFPA)
In 2009 young people accounted for 41% of all new HIV infections among adults with 3 000 young people becoming newly infected with HIV each day. The report highlights that young people are a key resource to reverse the global AIDS epidemic and lead the response in decades to come. But it stresses that the legal and policy barriers that prevent young people from accessing HIV services must be addressed, and young people should be engaged more effectively in the response.
Spain: Quality jobs for a new economy (ILO)
Despite encouraging signs that the Spanish economy has begun to emerge from the crisis, a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) examines a range of economic, employment and labour market policies that could consolidate an as yet fragile recovery and start to reduce unemployment. The new report by the ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies also calls for a plan of action to ensure that “no youth is left behind”, while avoiding further wage cuts and pushing for financial reforms that allow sustainable enterprises more access to credit. The report is part of a series on Studies on Growth with Equity and says the economy is beginning to show signs of a slow recovery.
Story-based Inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists (UNESCO)
English & French: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/publications-and-communication-materials/publications/full-list/story-based-inquiry-a-manual-for-investigative-journalists/
This manual provides a guide to basic methods and techniques of investigative journalism, and it consciously fills a gap in the literature of the profession. The publication focuses on the hypothesis-based inquiry approach, which takes the basic assumption that a story is only a hypothesis until verified. The methods and skills applying to every step of the investigative process, from conception to research, writing, quality control and dissemination, have been thoroughly analyzed and are well illustrated by case studies in each chapter.
2010 Report on Human Rights in Iraq
A UN report into the human rights situation in Iraq over the course of 2010 has warned that armed violence and “silent” human rights violations continue to affect large sectors of the population. The report, released on 8 August 2011 by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), studies a range of human rights issues, including the impact of armed conflict and violence on civilians, detention and the rule of law, and protection of the rights of specific groups. The report also covers the state of political rights in the country, including freedom of assembly and expression. It noted that while there was improvement in some areas, many challenges remain.
At Home or in a Home – Formal care and adoption of children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (UNICEF)
The report documents the trends in formal care and adoption of children in the 22 countries that constitute the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This report is based on data provided by national statistical offices from twenty countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), collected through the UNICEF regional monitoring project, MONEE, and also using research undertaken in the region.
Commentary to the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
This commentary is a 100-page downloadable document which maps out the rights provided for in the UN Declaration on human rights defenders, based mostly on information received and reports produced by the two Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights defenders, Hina Jilani (2000-2008) and Margaret Sekaggya (since 2008), during the past eleven years.
Forgotten Europeans - Forgotten Rights: the human rights of persons placed in institutions (OHCHR)
This report highlights one of the most significant human rights challenges in Europe today, namely that many children, persons with disabilities and older persons continue to be placed in long-stay residential institutional care, often for life. It's intended to inform and encourage debate on the issues and how the areas of concern should be addressed.
Humanitarian Action for Children: Building Resilience - Mid-Year Review, 2011 (UNICEF)
Widespread and varied humanitarian crises have affected millions of women and children. With over half a million severely malnourished children at risk of imminent death, the food security crisis in the Horn of Africa has raised alarms across the world.
Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers (WHO / War Trauma Foundation / World Vision International)
The United Nations health agency and its partners have launched a guide to help fieldworkers provide vital psychological support to people affected by humanitarian emergencies. Produced jointly by WHO, the War Trauma Foundation and World Vision International, the guide reflects the emerging science and international consensus on how to provide basic support to people in the immediate aftermath of extremely stressful events. The guide gives simple, practical guidance for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities.
Web Portal for Horn of Africa Emergency (UNHCR)
UNHCR launched on 19 August a new website providing detailed and regularly updated information from the agency and its operational partners on the refugee and displacement emergency in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. The new site provides a comprehensive information-sharing portal for all of the refugee agency's operational partners involved in bringing relief to millions of people affected by insecurity, drought and famine throughout the Horn of Africa region.
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