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UNRIC Library Newsletter – May 2006

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UNRIC Library Newsletter – May 2006
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UN in General

2006 High-Level Meeting on AIDS: Uniting the world against AIDS
31 May — 2 June, United Nations, New York

2006 List of “10 Stories the World Should Hear More About”
Concerned that some issues continue not to receive sustained media attention or slip off the radar screen, the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) has unveiled today a new list of “Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About”. Some stories focus on conflicts that may have been in the media spotlight -- but highlight a perspective that does not usually get much play.

Uniting Against Terrorism: Recommendations for a global counter-terrorism strategy (Report of the Secretary-General)

Peace & Security

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (Background Note: 12 May 2006)

United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions (Background Note: 12 May 2006)

Economic & Social Development

35th session of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (15 May - 2 June 2006, New York)

Expanding the field of inquiry: a cross-country study of higher education institutions’ responses to HIV and AIDS (UNESCO report)

The report looks at the responses of higher education institutions to the AIDS epidemic. It concludes that for the most part universities have continued business as usual in a world without AIDS. The review asks why there is so little inquiry concerning HIV and AIDS in the higher education environment, which traditionally fosters debates, challenges ways of thinking and offers responses to some of society’s most pressing concerns.

FAO GeoNetwork
An improved tool to fight hunger and rural poverty by using satellite imagery, spatial databases and interactive maps to help developing countries isolate the causes of food shortages was launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The new version of the FAO GeoNetwork, with access to satellite imagery, interactive maps and spatial databases from FAO, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the 64-member Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and others, marks the start of a new era for spatial data sharing among UN agencies.

Fuel for life: household energy and health (WHO report)
The report gives an overview of the health impacts of indoor air pollution from solid fuel use and describes solutions to promote health and development in the context of the household energy challenge. Innovative policy approaches and a rigorous acceleration of investments is needed now to save lives and enable development .

Trends in sustainable development: Energy for sustainable development, industrial development, atmosphere & air pollution, climate change (UN/DESA report)
The report states that global consumption of energy had been growing less rapidly than industrial and world economic activity. It is a colourful compilation of maps and graphs devoted to the discussion of interrelated challenges being addressed at the 14th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development scheduled for 1 to 12 May.

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The Forum has unveiled a new Web site in conjunction with its Fifth Session (15 – 26 May 2006). The UNPFII is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

UN Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development
A new Web site on the UN Public Private Alliance for Rural Development has been launched by the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination and represents the outcome of the debate in the ECOSOC High-level Segment in 2003 on the theme of Rural Development and the subsequent Ministerial Declaration. The site contains a wealth of information for all who are interested in the work of the UN Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development. It includes progress in the implementation of the UNPPA, relevant ECOSOC reports, resolutions, statements, latest news and potential areas for cooperation with the pilot countries.

UNAIDS’ Editors’ Notes for authors
Although this short and simple aide memoire of preferred terminology was originally intended for use by staff members, this guide is now used by the UN system as a whole, nongovernmental organizations, journalists, students, writers and others seeking guidance. The document is now publicly available because, according to UNAIDS, "As language shapes beliefs and may influence behaviours, considered use of appropriate language has the power to strengthen the response to AIDS." Sample entries: "HIV" is now preferred over "HIV/AIDS," unless one is specifically referring to AIDS; "injecting drug user" is now preferred in place of "intravenous drug user."

Human Rights

The end of child labour: Within reach (ILO report)
Child labour, especially in its worst forms, is in decline for the first time across the globe. The report also says that if the current pace of the decline were to be maintained and the global momentum to stop child labour continued, it believes child labour could feasibly be eliminated, in most of its worst forms, in 10 years.

Trafficking in Persons: Global Patterns (UNODC report)
Virtually no country in the world is unaffected by the crime of human trafficking for sexual exploitation or forced labour. The report identifies 127 countries of origin, 98 transit countries and 137 destination countries. It shows that global efforts to combat trafficking are being hampered by a lack of accurate data, reflecting the unwillingness of some countries to acknowledge that the problem affects them.

Humanitarian Affairs

NEWS FOCUS: Chernobyl: 20 Years Later



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

Africa Renewal: Volume 20, No. 1, April 2006. 24 p.
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Bulletin on action by the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations relevant to the question of Palestine, June 2005, Volume XXIX, Bulletin No. 6.
United Nations. Division for Palestinian Rights. 8 p.
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Focus Kosovo „Let’s talk about Status“. January/February 2006.
UNMIK/United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. 32p.
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UN Chronicle, Volume XLII, Number 4, December 2005 – February 2006. Remembrance and Beyond”.
United Nations Department for Public Information. 79 p.
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added to the library collection in May

Testimony of the Human Spirit: Six survivors of the Holocaust tell their stories.
(A project of the Westchester Holocaust Education Centre, Purchase, New York).
117 minutes.


added to the library collection in May

I   General Information and Reference

Quand je serai grande … : Les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement à l’attention des enfants (livre de coloriage).
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2005. 48 p. (DPI/SALES/2005/26)
Sales No. GV.F.05.0.14. ISBN 92-1-200372-9.

When I grow up ...: Millennium Development Goals for Kids (Colouring Book).
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2005. 48 p. (DPI/SALES/2005/26)
Sales No. GV.E.05.0.14. ISBN 92-1-101099-3.

II.D   Trade, Finance and Commerce

Contrats d’état: Collection de la CNUCED sur les questions des accords internationaux d’investissement.
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2004. x, 82 p. (UNCTAD/ITE/IIT/2004/11)
Sales No. F.05.II.D.5. ISBN 92-1-212317-1.

II.E   Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)

Environmental Performance Review: Belarus; Second Review.
New York and Geneva. United Nations. 2005. xix, 169 p. (ECE/CEP/129)
Sales No. E.06.II.E.2. ISBN 92-1-116937-2.
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United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Report 2005-2006.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2006. 56 p. (ECE/INF/2006/1)
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III.A   United Nations University (UNU)

Regional Security and Global Governance: A Study of Integration between Regional Agencies and the UN Security Council with a proposal for a Regional-Global Security Mechanism / Kennedy Graham & Tânia Felício.
Brussels, Belgium: Brussels University Press, 2006. 362 p.

United Nations University Annual Report 2005.
Tokyo, Japan. United Nations University. 2006. 56 p.
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III.E   United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Annual Report 2005: Industrial Development Board, thirty-first session; Programme and Budget Committee, twenty-second session.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Vienna. 2006. xi, 123 p. (IDB.31/2-PBC.22/2)
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Annual Report 2005: Addendum; List of technical cooperation activities. Industrial Development Board, thirty-first session; Programme and Budget Committee, twenty-second session.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Vienna. 2006. 45 p. (IDB.31/2/Add.1-PBC.22/2/Add.1)
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International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2006.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Vienna. 2006. vi, 594 p. ISBN 1-84542-692-4.

Rapport Annuel 2005: Conseil du développement industriel, trente et unième session, Comité des programmes et des budgets, vingt-deuxième session.
Organisation des Nations Unies pour le développement industriel. Vienne. 2006. xi, 125 p. (IDB.31/2-PBC.22/2)
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III.U   Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The State of the World’s Refugees 2006: Human Displacement in the New Millennium.
Oxford University Press. 2006. xi, 237 p.
ISBN 0-19-929095-4.
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IV   Social Questions

Forum sur le crime et la société : Volume 4, numéros 1 et 2, décembre 2004.
Nations Unies. New York. 2006. vii, 124 p.
Sales No. F.05.IV.8. ISBN 92-1-230256-4.

XI   Narcotic Drugs (including United Nations Office on Drug and Crime - UNODC)

Competent National Authorities under the International Drug Control Treaties: With introductory texts in Arabic, Chinese and Russian / Autorités nationales compétentes au titre des traités internationaux concernant le contrôle des drogues: Avec une introduction en arabe, en chinois et en russe / Organismos nacionales competentes en virtud de los tratados internacionales de fiscalización de drogas : Con introducciones en árabe, chino y ruso.
United Nations – Nations Unies – Naciones Unidas. New York 2006. xiv, 128 p. (ST/NAR.3/2005/1/(E/NA)) Sales No. E/F/S.06.XI.8. ISBN 92-1-048110-0.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Annual Report 2005.
Vienna. February 2006. 96 p.
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XIII   Demography

World Mortality Report 2005.
United Nations. New York. 2006. ix, 431 p. (ST/ESA/SER/A/252)
Sales No. E.06.XIII.3. ISBN 92-1-151417-7.
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XIV   Human Rights (including Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - OHCHR)

Les droits de l’homme et les prisons: Compilation d’instruments internationaux des droits de l’homme concernant l’administration de la justice (Série sur la formation professionnelle n˚ 11, Add.1)
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2005. x, 405 p. (HR/P/PT/11/Add.1)
Sales No. F.04.XIV.4. ISBN 92-1-254146-1.

XVII   International Statistics

Monthly bulletin of Statistics / Bulletin Mensuel de Statistique: Issue No. 1016, Vol. LX, No. 2, February / Edition n˚ 1016, Vol. LX, n˚ 2, février. United Nations/Nations Unies. New York. 2006. xii, 279 p. (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/398)
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UNESCO – UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Teachers and Educational Quality: Monitoring Global Needs for 2015.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Montreal. 2006. 215 p.
ISBN 92-9189-033-2.
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