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UNRIC Library Newsletter – June 2006

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UNRIC Library Newsletter – June 2006
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UN in General

Les 10 sujets de 2006 dont le monde devrait entendre parler davantage
http://www.un.org/french/events/tenstories/2006/

High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (United Nations General Assembly, 14-15 September 2006)
http://www.un.org/esa/population/hldmigration/

El Pacto Mundial de las Naciones Unidas
http://www.un.org/spanish/globalcompact/index.html

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) – redesigned website
http://www.un-ngls.org

The 2006 NGLS Survey, conducted in April 2006, solicited almost 800 responses with a number of respondents calling for a more “streamlined” website. Taking these suggestions into consideration, NGLS’s new website is more user friendly, features simple navigation for complex searches, and loads quickly. It also provides easier access to reports and other types of information and includes a working site-level search engine. New also is NGLS’s capacity to call for online comments.

Peace & Security

1540 Committee – Legislative Database
http://disarmament2.un.org/Committee1540/legalDB.html

This database has been developed by the Committee established pursuant to UNSC Resolution 1540 (2004) for the purpose of providing additional information on the national implementation of regulations and measures related to the resolution. The database contains links to the original texts of laws, ordinances, decrees and decisions related to activities addressed in the resolution. Where no original legal text could be identified but English or other language versions of such documents are available, these versions are included. They are marked as "unofficial translation" as far as they are not declared to be officially authorized versions. With a few exceptions, related mostly to the English versions, all links are connected to documents that are stored on public accessible websites of governments, governmental agencies or international organizations. The structure of the database follows operational paragraphs 2 and 3 of the resolution and the matrix developed by the Committee for the examination of the national reports.

United Nations Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNHQ New York, 26 June-7 July 2006)
English: http://www.un.org/events/smallarms2006/
French: http://www.un.org/french/events/smallarms2006/

WMDC: The Weapons of Mass Destruction Report - Freeing the world of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Arms
http://www.un.org/terrorism/wmdcreport/

Economic & Social Development

2006 Report on the global AIDS epidemic (UNAIDS) English: http://www.unaids.org/en/HIV_data/2006GlobalReport/default.asp
French: http://www.unaids.org/en/HIV_data/2006GlobalReport/2006-GR_fr.asp
Spanish: http://www.unaids.org/en/HIV_data/2006GlobalReport/2006-GR_es.asp
According to new data in the UNAIDS 2006 Report on the global AIDS epidemic the AIDS epidemic appears to be slowing down globally, but new infections are continuing to increase in certain regions and countries. The report also shows that important progress has been made in country AIDS responses, including increases in funding and access to treatment, and decreases in HIV prevalence among young people in some countries over the past five years.

Global Development Finance 2006 (World Bank)
http://www.worldbank.org/gdf2006
Net private capital flows to developing countries reached a record high of $491 billion in 2005, driven by privatizations, mergers and acquisitions, external debt refinancing, as well as strong investor interest in local-currency bond markets in Asia and Latin America, says the World Bank’s annual 2006 Global Development Finance report.

Preventing disease through healthy environments: Towards an estimate of the environmental burden of disease (WHO report)
English: http://www.who.int/quantifying_ehimpacts/publications/preventingdisease/en/index.html Spanish – Executive Summary: http://www.who.int/quantifying_ehimpacts/publications/prevdisexecsumsp.pdf
The report summarizes the results globally, by 14 regions worldwide, and separately for children. The evidence shows that environmental risk factors play a role in more than 80% of the diseases regularly reported by the WHO. Globally, nearly one quarter of all deaths can be attributed to the environment.

State of the World's Cities 2006/7 (UN-Habitat report)
English, French and Spanish: http://www.unhabitat.org/mediacentre/sowckit2006_7.asp 
The report provides concrete data that shows that the world’s one billion slum dwellers are more likely to die earlier, experience more hunger and disease, attain less education and have fewer chances of employment than those urban residents that do not reside in a slum.

The Story Behind the Numbers: Women and Employment in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Commonwealth of Independent States (UNIFEM report)
http://www.unifem.org/attachments/products/StoryBehindTheNumbers_eng.pdf

This report examines women's labour market situation in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Western Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in the context of the social and economic transformations in the region in the past 15 years.

The World Bank Economic Review
http://wber.oxfordjournals.org/current.dtl#ARTICLES
This is the most widely read scholarly economic journal in the world and is freely distributed to more than 9,500 subscribers in non-OECD countries. It is the only journal of its kind that specializes in quantitative development policy analysis. Subject to strict refereeing, articles examine policy choices and therefore emphasize policy relevance rather than theory or methodology. Readers include economists and other social scientists in government, business, international agencies, universities, and research institutions. The WBER seeks to provide the most current and best research in the field of economic development.

World Urban Forum (3rd Session) - Our Future: Sustainable Cities - Turning Ideas into Action (Vancouver, Canada, 19-23 June 2006)
http://www.un-habitat.org/wuf/2006/default.asp

Human Rights

1st session of the Human Rights Council
http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/

Human Rights Council: Special Logo to mark the 1st day of the first session on June 19, 2006 http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/logo.htm

Violence at work (ILO publication, 3rd edition)
http://www.ilo.org/public/english/support/publ/violence3ed.htm

Violence at work is increasing worldwide and has reached epidemic levels in some countries, according to a new ILO publication entitled. Thoroughly updated and revised, the book examines the full range of aggressive acts that occur in workplaces: homicides, assaults, sexual harassment, threats, bullying, mobbing and verbal abuse (including examination of some terrorist and mass murder events). Preventive action is possible. Workplace violence is a highly complex issue, rooted in wider economic, employment relationship, organizational, gender and cultural factors. The volume evaluates the effectiveness of workplace anti-violence measures such as regulatory innovations, policy interventions, collective agreements and various "best practice" options.

Humanitarian Affairs

The situation of workers in the occupied Arab territories (Annual ILO report)
English: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inf/pr/2006/22.htm
French: http://www.ilo.org/public/french/bureau/inf/pr/2006/22.htm
Spanish: http://www.ilo.org/public/spanish/bureau/inf/pr/2006/22.htm
The report says poverty and unemployment continues to worsen despite a moderate economic upturn last year.

The State of the World's Refugees 2006 (UNHCR annual report)
http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/template?page=publ&src=static/sowr2006/toceng.htm



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