|UNRIC Library Newsletter - November 2013|
|New information material|
Office for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) – redesigned website
The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing States and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) has launched its new and improved website.
The new site introduces a variety of new features:
• A news stream on the home page providing visitors with timely, easy-to-read information affecting LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS
• A page explaining the work of each Unit in a clear and concise manner
• Several pages providing insights into the activities and views of Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya
• An improved calendar feature to keep track of important events
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) – redesigned website
Ahead of World AIDS Day, UNAIDS has released a newly designed website for a more visual and streamlined user experience. The new design features all the latest information about UNAIDS––available through a range of multi-media options.
UN German Translation Section has joined Twitter: @UNgts
If you were not aware that the UN even had a German Translation Section, you may not be alone. While most people know that the six official UN languages are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, it is less widely known that German is also represented at the Organization.
The German Translation Section was established pursuant to a General Assembly resolution, is financed by contributions from the German-speaking countries and has been active at UN Headquarters in New York since 1975. The Section translates resolutions and decisions of the Security Council and the General Assembly, the annual report of the Secretary-General, the MDG Report and other UN documents of wide public interest.
UN System Organizational Chart – revised version (DPI/2470/Rev.3, August 2013)
Download the newly updated UN Organizational Chart - the new version reflects the changes that took place in the structure of the Organization in the past two years. The chart, which is not an official document, comes in all six official languages and several printable formats. It can be downloaded, embedded in your social media outreach, and printed in black and white or colour.
General recommendation No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situation
CEDAW Press Release: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=13885&LangID=E
UN News Centre Story: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=46312&Cr=women&Cr1=conflict#.Um52ZBBdCTW
OPCW-UN Joint Mission
Looking for updates on activities relating to the destruction of the chemical weapons programme in Syria? A new website provides background on the establishment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations Joint Mission, reviews its mandate and gives chronology of events including news updates.
It also features OPCW and United Nations information materials and key documentation on the matter. Currently, the website is available in English only with the Arabic version to follow later.
Research Guide: Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War
This guide was created by the UNOG Library and the United Nations Library in collaboration with the United Nations Mine Action Service. It provides information on landmines, explosive remnants of war, and other weapons of societal disruption. It presents key documents, treaties, statistics and web resources, and exists in English and French versions.
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Fact Sheet: 30 September 2013 (DPI/1634/Rev.149, October 2013)
United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions – Fact Sheet: 30 September 2013 (DPI/2166/Rev.123, October 2013)
United Nations Political Missions (DPA)
Political missions deployed in volatile environments around the world are making a proven difference in defusing tensions, bringing countries back from the brink of conflict and building sustainable peace, says a recently published report on the missions, most of which are overseen by the Department of Political Affairs.
2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey - Summary Findings (UNODC)
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose 36 per cent in 2013, a record high, according to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey released on 13 November 2013 in Kabul by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UNODC. Meanwhile, opium production amounted to 5,500 tons, up by almost a half since 2012.
Africa Adaptation Gap Report (UNEP)
Africa faces huge financial challenges in adapting to climate change that spells out the costs faced by the continent if Governments fail to close the “emissions gap” to keep warming below 2°C. Adaptation costs for Africa could reach approximately $350 billion annually by 2070 should the 2-degree target be significantly exceeded, while the cost would be around $150 billion lower per year if the target was to be met.
Business, Corruption and Crime in the western Balkans: The impact of bribery and other crime on private enterprise (UNODC)
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Commission (EC) jointly released a survey on 24 October 2013 showing that corruption plays a significant role in the daily business of many companies in the western Balkans. Based on interviews with more than 12,700 companies, the survey shows that corruption is the third biggest obstacle to doing business in the region. On average, one in ten businesses that had contact with public officials paid bribes over a 12-month period.
Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 (WHO)
The eighteenth global report on tuberculosis provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and ﬁnancing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 197 countries and territories that account for over 99% of the world’s TB cases.
HIV and Aging – a special supplement to global AIDS epidemic report for 2013 (UNAIDS)
The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released a supplement to the 2013 UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic focused on the issue HIV and aging.
Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment
UN Women, with the support of the Government of Canada, launched a new site - the Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment. The mission of the Gateway is to offer a user-friendly community where one can find and share resources, materials and tools on women’s economic empowerment, and connect with experts, peers, networks and potential partners. The Knowledge Gateway connects international, regional, national and local organizations and networks, including the UN system, governments, academia, civil society and the private sector. It consists of a Knowledge Library, which houses up-to-date materials, technical resources and best practices on business and economic opportunities for women, Knowledge Circles – where members can participate in ongoing e-discussions or start their own around nine thematic areas related to women’s economic empowerment. It also offers a learning center, which offers access to learning resources, webinars, online courses and other curated materials for professional growth and a Knowledge Network which allows people to search leaders, experts, peers with similar interest and expertise.
On Thin Ice: How Cutting Pollution Can Slow Warming and Save Lives (World Bank)
A new scientific report - produced by the Bank and the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) - shows that by moving rapidly to reduce such short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP), we could slow the warming in critical snow and ice-covered regions with multiple benefits as a result.
State of the World Population 2013: Motherhood in Childhood - Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy (UNFPA)
English, French & Spanish: http://www.unfpa.org/swp
Motherhood in childhood is a huge global problem, especially in developing countries, where every year 7.3 million girls under 18 give birth. Of these 7.3 million births, 2 million are to girls 14 or younger, who suffer the gravest long-term health and social consequences from pregnancy, including high rates of maternal death and obstetric fistula.
UNEP Synthesis Report "The Emissions Gap Report 2013"
Report & Executive Summary: http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport2013/
The Report, involving 44 scientific groups in 17 countries, finds that although pathways exist that could reach the 2oC target with higher emissions, not narrowing the gap will exacerbate mitigation challenges after 2020.
Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential (UNEP / UN Women / UNDP / PBSO)
Published jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), this report is the product of a two-year collaboration between the four partners to: (i) improve the understanding of the complex relationship between women and natural resources in conflict-affected settings, and (ii) make the case for pursuing gender equality, women’s empowerment and sustainable natural resource management together in support of peacebuilding.
How to Follow Up on United Nations Human Rights Recommendations: A Practical Guide for Civil Society (OHCHR)
This new guide describes methods and activities that civil society actors can use to promote the implementation of human rights recommendations as well as existing follow-up procedures and practices of UN human rights mechanisms and how civil society can participate. Complemented by real experiences contributed by civil society actors and OHCHR field presences, the Guide offers a menu of options from which civil society actors can select on the basis of their own priorities and capacity.
Mainstreaming Human Rights in Development: Stories from the field (United Nations Development Group)
The publication describes how human rights principles and mechanisms have been incorporated successfully into national development processes drawing on the convening power of the UN, its normative role and its impartiality, explains the work of six UN country teams, made up of many different agencies, that has yielded positive results in such diverse areas as prison reform, addressing discrimination, and integrating human rights in local water and sanitation development planning.
One-pagers on human rights issues
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has produced a series of one-pagers that provide concise and practical information on complex human rights issues:
• Core human rights in the two Covenants: http://is.gd/YamsUf
• Death penalty: http://is.gd/zg2ygm
• Free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples: http://is.gd/gQQI2H
• Gender-related killings of women and girls: http://is.gd/oD95Iz
• Maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights: http://is.gd/9numYB
• National action plans against racial discrimination: http://is.gd/lcBfj1
• Participation of minorities in policing: http://is.gd/p9xt3F
• Trafficking in persons: http://is.gd/qj8fUi
• Transitional justice: http://is.gd/KRDmBd
• Xenophobia: http://is.gd/4OYh76
Realizing Women’s Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources (OHCHR / UN Women)
The report argues that women’s rights to land are directly linked to global food security and sustainable development. There are also gender-specific problems that can be addressed through secure land rights, such as protection against violence and HIV.
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