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UN in General

Africa Renewal Online – new website
English: http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/about.html
French: http://www.un.org/french/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/
Africa Renewal has a new website, which provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today. Among the major items it produces is the renowned magazine, Africa Renewal (formerly Africa Recovery), which first appeared in 1987. It also produces a range of public information materials, including backgrounders, press releases and feature articles.  

Opening dates of forthcoming regular sessions of the General Assembly and dates of the general debate - Note by the Secretariat (A/INF/64/1/Rev.1, 16 May 2010)
English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/INF/64/1/Rev.1

65th session of the General Assembly
Opening date: 14 September 2010
Dates of the general debate: 23 – 25 and 27 - 30 September 2010

Petition to end hunger launched (FAO)
English, French, Spanish & Italian:http://www.1billionhungry.org/
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a major online drive to spur action to eliminate hunger and highlight the fact that one in six people worldwide go hungry everyday. Through the “1billionhungry project” people can voice their outrage about world hunger by adding their names to an online petition.

The UN Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010
The Government of China has invited the United Nations to demonstrate its work at Shanghai World Expo 2010 in a 3,000 square meter pavilion. The United Nations will have its own state-of-the-art pavilion held under the theme of “One Earth, One UN”.

Peace and Security


Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto - Commission of Inquiry report (S/2010/191)
English, French & Spanish:
The report of the Commission of Inquiry into the facts and circumstances of the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was issued as Security Council document S/2010/191.

UNISPAL - The United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL)
Special focus: Separation barrier


Women and Peace and Security
English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/2010/173
The latest report of the Secretary-General on Women and peace and security is now available (S/2010/173). The report presents for consideration, in accordance with Security Council resolution 1889 (2009), a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of its resolution 1325 (2000), which could serve as a common basis for reporting by relevant United Nations entities, other international and regional organizations, and Member States, on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) in 2010 and beyond.

Economic & Social Development

Accelerating action against Child Labour (ILO)
Amid growing concerns over the impact of the economic downturn, the International Labour Office (ILO) warned in a new study that efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour are slowing down and called for a “re-energized” global campaign to end the practice. In its quadrennial Global Report on child labour, the ILO said that the global number of child labourers had declined from 222 million to 215 million, or 3 per cent, over the period 2004 to 2008, representing a “slowing down of the global pace of reduction.” The report also expressed concern that the global economic crisis could “further brake” progress toward the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

Are you a green leader? Business and biodiversity: making the case for a lasting solution (UNEP / WCMC)
Produced with UNEPs World Conservation Monitoring Centre, this publication reviews the business case for biodiversity; provides an overview of impacts by sector and highlights existing and potential opportunities for companies. The document covers a wide range of sectors and complements existing and ongoing work on business and biodiversity. The full-length reference document will be launched at the Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium in July.

The Climate Competitiveness Index 2010: National progress in the low carbon economy - Summary for Decision-Makers (UNEP / AccountAbility)

The report combines two sets of data - climate accountability and climate performance in 95 countries, which are responsible for 97% of global economic activity and 96% of global carbon emissions.

Palestinian Human Development Report 2009/10: Investing in Human Security for a Future State
Human security is a pre-requisite for development, and its widespread absence in the occupied Palestinian territory has greatly impeded progress for the people living there, according to this new report. The Palestinian Human Development Report 2009/10, written by an independent team and sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), explores different facets of human security – economy, food, health, environment, political, personal, community – from the perspective of establishing freedom from want, freedom from fear and freedom to live in dignity.

World Bank Open Data
The World Bank Group will offer free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers. The decision ─ part of a larger effort to increase access to information at the World Bank ─ means that researchers, journalists, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and school children alike will be able to tap into the World Bank's databases via this new website. Data will also be available in other languages, with an initial 330 indicators translated into French, Spanish and Arabic.

Human Rights

Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Disabilities (ILO)
How people with disabilities are portrayed and the frequency with which they appear in the media has an enormous impact on how they are regarded in society. Portraying people with disabilities with dignity and respect in the media can help promote more inclusive and tolerant societies and stimulate a climate of non-discrimination and equal opportunity. These are intended to provide practical advice to the media on how to promote positive, inclusive images and the fair and accurate portrayal of women and men with disabilities at all levels of the economy and society. They are intended for people working as editors, journalists, broadcasters, producers, programme makers and presenters. They are also relevant to people working as web editors, and interactive multimedia products.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 370 languages - a new world record
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, now available in 370 languages and dialects, has set a new Guinness record of being the most translated text in the world.

Humanitarian Affairs

Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Somalia (UNHCR)
The United Nations Refugee Agency issued new guidelines that “contain information on the current situation in Somalia and groups at risk of persecution or serious harm and assess their need for international protection in the context of the refugee criteria under the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951 Convention) and its 1967 Protocol, the Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa (OAU Convention), UNHCR’s mandate and complementary/subsidiary forms of protection such as the relevant provisions of the EU Qualification Directive4 and other international and regional instruments."

Haiti - Financial Aid Online Portal
A new online portal will promote the efficient use of more than $9 billion in aid pledged to Haiti’s reconstruction, while holding donors to their promises and ensuring transparency and accountability of the use of their funds. The initiative is part of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) support to the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, the Office of the Prime Minister, other government bodies and all partners including the private sector, to address the challenges linked to the management of external aid. The system, which is also supported by the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, tracks the money from pledge to impact and will include contributions and support from NGOs and the private sector.


New information material

Single copies of the following titles can be ordered via e-mail: [email protected]


62ª Conferencia Annual DIP/ONG, 9 a 11 de septiembre de 2009, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, Ciudad de México, México: ¡Desarme Ahora! Trabajemos por la Paz y el Desarrollo; Informe Final.
DPI/NGO. Enero 2010. viii, 83 p.

Africa Renewal, Volume 24, No. 1, April 2010. 24 p.
Online version: http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/vol24no1/index.html

Boletín sobre las actividades del sistema de las Naciones Unidas y las organizaciones intergubernamentales relacionadas con la cuestión de Palestina, Junio de 2009, Volumen XXXII, Boletín núm. 6.
Naciones Unidas. División de los Derechos de los Palestinos. 16 p.
Online version: http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/10-31213s.pdf

Boletín sobre las actividades del sistema de las Naciones Unidas y las organizaciones intergubernamentales relacionadas con la cuestión de Palestina, Abril de 2009, Volumen XXXII, Boletín núm. 4.
Naciones Unidas. División de los Derechos de los Palestinos. 15 p.
Online version: http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/09-60629f.pdf

Bulletin on action by the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations relevant to the question of Palestine, October 2009, Volume XXXII, Bulletin No. 10.
United Nations. Division for Palestinian Rights. 17 p.
Online version: http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/25C1FFAD1ED6011385257671005202AD

Bulletin on action by the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations relevant to the question of Palestine, April 2009, Volume XXXII, Bulletin No. 4.
United Nations. Division for Palestinian Rights. 13 p.
Online version: http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/7A54D10E1D743CDB8525766D00578365

Bulletin sur les activités menées par le système des Nations Unies et les organisations intergouvernementales concernant la question de Palestine, octobre 2009, Volume XXXII, Bulletin n° 10.
Nations Unies. Division des droits des Palestiniens. 19 p.
Online version: http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/10-31216f.pdf

Bulletin sur les mesures prises par les organismes du système des Nations Unies et les organisations intergouvernementales concernant la question de Palestine, avril 2009, Volume XXXII, Bulletin n° 4.
Nations Unies. Division des droits des Palestiniens. 16 p.
Online version: http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/09-60629s.pdf

Las Naciones Unidas Hoy.
Naciones Unidas. Nueva York. 2009. xviii, 415 p. (DPI/2480)
Sales No. S.08.I.6. ISBN 978-92-1-300212-4.



added to the library collection in May


0          Geneva Publications

60 réalisations de l’ONU qui ont changé le monde.
Département de l’information des Nations Unies. DPI/2405/Rev.2. Septembre 2009. 48 p.
Sales No. E.05.I.91. ISBN 978-92-1-200297-2.
Online version: http://www.un.org/french/un60/60ways/60ways_book.pdf


I           General Information and Reference

The global financial crisis and its impact on the work of the UN system. (CEB Issue Paper)
UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). 2009. 31 p.
Online version: http://www.un.org/ga/econcrisissummit/docs/CEB_Paper_final_web.pdf

Las Naciones Unidas Hoy.
Naciones Unidas. Nueva York. 2009. xviii, 415 p. (DPI/2480)
Sales No. S.08.I.6. ISBN 978-92-1-300212-4.

Resolutions and Decisions adopted by the General Assembly during its sixty-third session - Volume III: 25 December 2008 – 14 September 2009.
General Assembly. Official Records. Sixty-third Session. Supplement No. 49 (A/63/49/Vol.III).
United Nations. New York. 2009. 159 p.
Online version: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/63/49(Vol.III)(SUPP) 

Résolutions et décisions adoptées par l’Assemblée générale au cours de sa soixante-troisième session - Volume III: 25 décembre 2008 – 14 septembre 2009.
Assemblée générale. Documents officiels. Soixante-troisième session. Supplément n°49 (A/63/49/Vol.III).
Nations Unies. New York. 2009. 171 p.
Online version: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/63/49(Vol.III)(SUPP)


II.D     Trade, Finance and Commerce

Promoting Foreign Investment in Tourism.
(Investment Advisory Series, Series A, number 5)
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2010. x, 67 p. (UNCTAD/DIAE/PCB/2009/16)
ISBN 978-92-1-112795-9.
Online version: http://www.unctad.org/en/docs//diaepcb200916_en.pdf

Rapport sur le commerce et le développement, 2009 : Faire face à la crise mondiale ; Atténuation des changements climatiques et développement.
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2009. xviii, 193 p. (UNCTAD/TDR/2009)
Sales No. F.09.II.D.16. ISBN 978-92-1-212371-4.
Online version: http://www.unctad.org/TEMPLATES/webflyer.asp?docid=11867&intItemID=5122〈=2&mode=downloads

Transnational Corporations, Volume 18, Number 3, December 2009. v, 123 p.
United Nations Conferences on Trade and Development. Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development. (UNCTAD/DIAE/IA/2009/12 (Vol.18, No.3))
ISBN 978-92-1-112797-1.
Online version: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID=5165〈=1


II.E      Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)

Améliorer les performances innovatrices des entreprises : Moyens d’action et instruments pratiques.
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2009. x, 144 p. (ECE/CECI/8)
Sales No. F.09.II.E.4. ISBN 978-92-1-216508-0.

Promouvoir l’entreprenariat dans la région de la CEE : La réduction des obstacles au développement des entreprises dans les pays de la région.
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2008. xii, 62 p. (ECE/CECI/6)
Sales No. F.08.II.E.18. ISBN 978-92-1-216506-6.

Sweet Peppers: Explanatory Brochure.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. iii, 74 p. (ECE/TRADE/387)
Sales No. E.09.II.E.13. ISBN 978-92-1-117009-2.
Online version: http://www.unece.org/trade/agr/promotion/Brochures/SweetPeppers_LowResolution.pdf

Poivrons doux : Brochure explicative.
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2009. iii, 74 p. (ECE/TRADE/387)
Sales No. F.09.II.E.13. ISBN 978-92-1-216512-7.
Online version: http://www.unece.org/trade/agr/promotion/Brochures/SweetPeppers_LowResolution_fre.pdf


III.D    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Annuaire du PNUE 2010: Avancées scientifiques et developpements dans notre environnement en mutation.
Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement. Nairobi. 2009. viii,, 66 p.
ISBN 978-92-807-3045-6.
Online version: http://www.unep.org/yearbook/2010/PDF/UNEP_YB_FR_2010_final.pdf

UNEP Year Book 2010: New Science and Developments in Our Changing Environment.
United Nations Environment Programme. Nairobi. 2010. viii, 66 p.
ISBN 978-92-807-3044-9.
Online version: http://www.unep.org/yearbook/2010/


III.T    International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO)

Business Guide to Trade Remedies in Brazil: Anti-Dumping, Countervailing and Safeguard Legislation, Practices and Procedures.
International Trade Centre. Geneva. 2009. xv, 324 p. (ITC/P231.E/BTP/09-VIII)
Sales No. E.09.III.T.4. ISBN 978-92-9137-370-3.
Online version: http://www.intracen.org/publications/Free-publications/Trade_Remedies_Brazil.pdf

EC-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement: Services and Investment Commitments.
International Trade Centre. Geneva. 2009. xvi, 237 p. (ITC/P232.E/BTP/09-X)
Sales No. E.09.III.T.5. ISBN 978-92-9137-371-0.
Online version: http://www.intracen.org/publications/Free-publications/EC_Cariforum.pdf

Export Promotion and the WTO: A Brief Guide.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009.
International Trade Centre. Geneva. 2009. vi, 35 p. (P232.E/BTP/09-X)
Sales No. E.09.III.T.9. ISBN 978-92-9137-372-7.
Online version: http://www.intracen.org/publications/Free-publications/Export_Promotion_WTO.pdf

Forum de comercio internacional, numéro 4, 2009. 46 p.
“Asociaciones público-privadas”
Online version: http://www.forumdecomercio.org/

Forum du commerce international, numéro 4, 2009. 46 p.
“Les partenariats public-privé”
Online version: http://www.forumducommerce.org/news/categoryfront.php/id/808

Historias de innovación empresarial en servicios.
Forum de comercio internacional. Ginebra. 2009. x, 112 p. (ITC/P230.S/DMD/SC/09-VIII)
Sales No. S.09.III.T.3. ISBN 978-92-9137-373-4.
Online version: http://www.intracen.org/publications/Free-publications/Service_Pioneers_Spanish.pdf

How to Access Trade Finance: A Guide for Exporting SMEs.
International Trade Centre. Geneva. 2009. x, 135 p. (P237.E/BE/09-XI)
Sales No. E.09.III.T.12. ISBN 978-92-9137-377-2.
Online version: http://www.intracen.org/publications/Free-publications/How_to_Access_Trade_Finance.pdf

Islamic Banking: A Guide for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.
International Trade Centre. Geneva. 2009. x, 99 p. (ITC/P235.E/BE/09-XI)
Sales No. E.09.III.T.10. ISBN 978-92-9137-375-8.
Online version: http://www.intracen.org/publications/Free-publications/Islamic_Banking.pdf

Pionniers à la conquête des services : histoires d’entrepreneurs innovants.
Centre du Commerce International. Genève. 2009. x,110 p. (ITC/P230.F/DMD/SC/09-VIII)
Sales No. E.09.III.T.3. ISBN 978-92-9137-374-1.
Online version: http://www.intracen.org/publications/Free-publications/Service_Pioneers_French.pdf

Service Pioneers: Stories of Innovative Entrepreneurship.
International Trade Centre. Geneva. 2009. x, 99 p. (ITC/P230.E/DMD/SC/09-VIII)
Sales No. E.09.III.T.3. ISBN 978-92-9137-369-7.
Online version: http://www.intracen.org/publications/Free-publications/Service_Pioneers_English.pdf


IV        Social Questions

Agreed Conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women on the Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform for Action 1996-2009.
United Nations. New York. 2010. iv, 214 p. (ST/ESA/327)
Sales No. E.09.IV.8. ISBN 978-92-1-130276-9.

Analysing and Measuring Social Inclusion in a Global Context.
United Nations. New York. 2010. x, 68 p. (ST/ESA/325)
Sales No. 09.IV.16. ISBN 978-92-1-130286-8.
Online version: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/publications/measuring-social-inclusion.pdf

Population Newsletter, Number 87, June 2009 / issued by the Population Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 20 p.
Online version: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/popnews/Newsltr_87.pdf

Population Newsletter, Number 86, December 2008 / issued by the Population Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 20 p.
Online version: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/popnews/Newsltr_86.pdf

Population Newsletter, Number 85, June 2008 / issued by the Population Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 24 p.
Online version: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/popnews/newsltr85.pdf


IX        Disarmament and Atomic Energy

Annuaire des Nations Unies sur le désarmement : Volume 32 (partie I); 2007.
Nations Unies. New York. 2009. xi, 167 p.
Sales No. F.08.IX.1. ISBN 978-92-1-242150-6.
Online version: http://www.un.org/disarmament/HomePage/ODAPublications/Yearbook/


XIII     Demography

Child Adoption: Trends and Policies.
United Nations. New York. 2009. xix, 463 p. (ST/ESA/SER.A/292)
Sales No. E.10.XIII.4. ISBN 978-92-1-151466-7.
Online version: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/adoption2010/child_adoption.pdf

World Fertility Patters 2009.
United Nations. New York. 2010. Wall chart. (ST/ESA/SER.A/294)
Sales No. E.09.XIII.12. ISBN 978-92-1-151462-9.
Online version: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/worldfertility2009/worldfertility2009.htm

World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision; Volume I: Comprehensive Tables.
United Nations. New York. 2009. cxxxvi, 801 p. (ST/SER/SER.A/287)
Sales No. E.10.XIII.2. ISBN 978-92-1-151464-3.
Online version: http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp2008/index.htm


XIV      Human Rights (including Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - OHCHR)

Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Guidance for Human Rights Monitors; Professional training series No. 17.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2010. 67 p. (HR/P/PT/17)
Online version: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/Disabilities_training_17EN.pdf


XVII    International Statistics

2007 Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles / Bilans énergétiques et profils du secteur de l’électricité.
United Nations / Nations Unies. 2009. xxxvii, 677 p. (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.W/16)
Sales No. B.10.XVII.7. ISBN 978-92-1-061281-4.
Sample tables: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/energy/balance/default.htm

2007 International Trade Statistics Yearbook: Volume II; Trade by Commodity / Annuaire statistique du commerce international: Volume II; Commerce par produits.
United Nations/Nations Unies. New York. 2009.  xlv, 669 p. (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.G/56)
Sales No. E/F.09.XVII.6 (Vol. II). ISBN 978-92-1-061263-0.

International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008. (Studies in Methods, Series M, No. 83/Rev.1)
United Nations. New York. 2010. x, 134 p.  (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/83/Rev.1)
Sales No. E.08.XVII.28. ISBN 978-92-1-161521-0.
Online version: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/publication/Seriesm/SeriesM_83rev1e.pdf

Monthly bulletin of Statistics / Bulletin mensuel de statistique: Issue No. 1065, Vol. LXIV, No. 3, March 2010 / Edition n° 1065, Vol. LXIV, n° 3, mars 2010.
United Nations/Nations Unies. New York. 2010. xii, 321 p. (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/447)
Online version: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs


World Health Organization (WHO)

Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Volume 88, Number 5, May 2010, p. 321-400.
“Special theme: health workforce retention in remote and rural areas”
Online version: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/88/5/en/

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3.
Montreal, Quebec. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. 2010. 94 p.
Online version: http://www.cbd.int/gbo/gbo3/doc/GBO3-final-en.pdf

Perspectives mondiales de la diversité biologique 3.
Montréal, Québec. Secrétariat de la Convention sur la diversité biologique. 2010. 94 p.
Online version: http://www.cbd.int/gbo/gbo3/doc/GBO3-final-fr.pdf