|UNRIC Library Newsletter - April 2013|
|New information material|
Building a Better Future for All: Selected Speeches of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 2007-2012
The United Nations works across the world for peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law. This collection of speeches by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shows the breadth of those efforts – advances and struggles alike – at a time of profound transition for the human family. Since taking office in 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sought to mobilize the international community behind global solutions to urgent challenges ranging from climate change and poverty to armed conflict and the spread of deadly weapons. The goal: dignity, freedom and opportunity for all.
Dag Hammarskjöld Library: New Research Guides
In honour of the 60th anniversary of the appointment of Dag Hammarskjöld as Secretary-General, the Library has prepared several new research guides, including:
• a research guide about Dag Hammarskjöld: http://research.un.org/en/hammarskjold
• a guide to online UN information resources: http://research.un.org/en/un-resources
• a guide to our subscription e-resources: http://research.un.org/e-resources
In addition, a new UN Documentation Research Guide has been launched with expanded and updated information: http://research.un.org/en/docs
The Global Conversation Begins
The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) launched its new report, ‘The Global Conversation Begins’. The report provides a snap shot of the emerging narrative from over 80 national and 11 thematic consultations on the post-2015 development agenda. Preliminary findings from the global conversation will be presented to the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at their next meeting in Bali, Indonesia from 25-27 March.
Pressing for Freedom: 20 Years of World Press Freedom Day (UNESCO)
On 3 May 2013 UNESCO celebrates the twentieth year of World Press Freedom Day. The Publication provides an overview of the trajectory of the Day beginning with its foundational years, leading to the period of consolidation where international civil society of press freedom had begun to coalesce, and finally it takes a look into the big issues and challenges that are likely to face press freedom in the future.
New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict (UNDP / USAID / IPI)
ICT can connect citizens with one another and urgent responders, helping prevent violence and conflict. But “spoilers” can also use new technologies to incite violence and conflict, and local and international actors must analyze risks and develop mitigating strategies.
'UN Peacemaker’ - re-launch of the online mediation support tool
UN Peacemaker – developed by the UN Department of Political Affairs - offers key tools and resources to support mediators and their teams in managing peace processes and negotiating peace agreements, including:
• A comprehensive database of more than 750 peace agreements.
• Guidance documents on mediation, such as the ‘UN Guidance for Effective Mediation’.
• Information on UN mediation support activities and services.
• A library of selected resources on mediation issues.
• Upcoming video-interviews with mediation experts.
You can also register to receive 'UN Peacemaker' updates and reports with the mediation support activities of the Department of Political Affairs' Mediation Support Unit.
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Fact Sheet: 28 February 2013 (DPI/1634/Rev.141, March 2013)
United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions – Fact Sheet: 28 February 2013 (DPI/2166/Rev.115, March 2012)
UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Arms Trade
UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Landmines
2013 Human Development Report: The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World (UNDP)
Report & Summary in English, French & Spanish: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hdr/human-development-report-2013/
The 2013 Human Development Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development. The Report identifies more than 40 countries in the developing world that have done better than had been expected in human development terms in recent decades, with their progress accelerating markedly over the past ten years. The Report analyzes the causes and consequences of these countries' achievements and the challenges that they face today and in the coming decades.
The Least Developed Countries Report 2012: Harnessing Remittances and Diaspora Knowledge to Build Productive Capacities (UNCTAD)
English, French & Spanish: http://unctad.org/en/pages/PublicationWebflyer.aspx?publicationid=249 (select “Downloads”)
The report addresses the issues of remittance flows to LDCs and the potential role of diasporas in LDCs’ development. It argues that with the right policies and international support, LDCs could enhance the benefits from remittances and the knowledge and know-how accumulated in their diasporas. Using evidence and policy lessons from other countries, the report shows how LDCs could better harness remittances and diaspora knowledge to build their productive capacities.
Population Division – redesigned website
The redesigned website of the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Population Division was launched on 20 March 2013. It includes news, events and exciting features, through which both existing users and new visitors can gain a greater understanding of the Division’s activities and achievements.
Report Card 11: Child well-being in rich countries (UNICEF)
Report in English, French, Spanish & Italian: http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/683
Summary in German: http://www.unicef.de/fileadmin/content_media/projekte/Themen/Kinderrechte/UNICEF-Berichte/UNICEF-Info_zur_Lage_der_Kinder_in_Industrielaendern_2013.pdf
This report, from UNICEF’s Office of Research, examines the state of children across the ‘rich’ world. This international comparison proves that child poverty in these countries is not inevitable, but policy susceptible – and that some countries are doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children. The report finds that the Netherlands and three Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland and Norway – again sit at the top of a child well-being table, while four southern European countries – Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain – are placed in the bottom half.
Commission on the Status of Women, Fifty-seventh session, 4 – 15 March 2013
“The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls : draft agreed conclusions” (E/CN.6/2013/L.5)
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/E/CN.6/2013/L.5
The outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme takes the form of agreed conclusions, negotiated by all States.
Directory of Special Procedures Mandate Holders - 1 January 2013
The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. As of December 2012, there are 48 Special Procedures (36 thematic mandates and 12 mandates relating to countries or territories) with currently 72 mandate-holders.
A Practical Guide for NGO Participants: United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR)
The Guide facilitates civil society participation at the Human Rights Council. This revised edition – dated February 2013 - includes information on remote participation by video statements and updated links.
UNOG Library Resource Guide: Women and Gender Equality
Humanitarian Kiosk (OCHA)
Get the latest information on humanitarian crises around the world, including maps, infographics and reports, available to download via the new United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Humanitarian Kiosk iOS app.
UNHCR launched on 17 April 2013 a new and improved version of Refworld, a widely used online protection and research tool that helps those who have to decide on refugee and statelessness status. Refworld 2013 (contains a vast collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy papers, case law and other documents relating to international and national legal frameworks. The documents have been carefully selected from - and with - UNHCR field offices, governments, international, regional and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and judicial bodies.
UNHCR current emergencies
If you are looking for information on current refugee emergencies, go to the comprehensive new UNHCR Refugees Data projects website.
This site is a portfolio of projects that provide interactive visualizations and/or direct access to UNHCR Data Sets. The projects presented here include both projects created by UNHCR as well as projects created externally about refugees.
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