Recent UN Publications November

New UN Publications: November 2015

Please find below list of new electronic  books published by the United Nations for the month of November 2015 . You may download the books by clicking the title link.

I am Here, I Belong: the Urgent Need to End Childhood Statelessness.
This report states that stateless children across the world share similar feelings of discrimination, frustration and despair, creating problems that can endure into adulthood. It draws out testimonies from 250 children, young people, their parents and guardians, civil society and governments in seven countries. This report demonstrates how statelessness can significantly impair the ability of children to learn, grow, play and lead productive and fulfilling lives.

I am Here, I Belong the Urgent Need to End Childhood Statelessness

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNHCR
pp: 28

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015: Supporting Participation in Value Chains.
The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) is a recurrent publication prepared by the Trade and Investment Division of the United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. It provides information on and independent analyses of trends and developments in: (a) intra- and inter-regional trade in goods and services; (b) foreign direct investment; (c) trade facilitation measures; (d) trade policy measures; and (e) preferential trade policies and agreements. It provides insights into the impacts of these recent and emerging developments on countries’ abilities to meet the challenges of achieving inclusive and sustainable development.

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015 Supporting Participation in Value Chains
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNESCAP
ISBN: 978-92-1-120701-9
pp: 211

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Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December 2015)

We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”.

Building a sustainable, inclusive world for all requires the full engagement of people of all abilities.  The 2030 Agenda includes many issues of concern to persons with disabilities and we must work together to transform these commitments into action.

 Earlier this year, the United Nations Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction recognised the key role people with disabilities can play in promoting a more universally accessible approach in disaster preparedness and response.  Next year, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will discuss a new urban development agenda to make our cities inclusive, accessible and sustainable. The voices of persons with disabilities will be critical to this process

As we look ahead, we need to strengthen development policies and practices to ensure that accessibility is part of inclusive and sustainable development.  This requires improving our knowledge of the challenges facing all persons with disabilities – including through more robust, disaggregated data — and ensuring that they are empowered to create and use opportunities.

Together with persons with disabilities, we can move our world forward by leaving  no one behind.


What I Expect From the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

An Op-ed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response

Why do I care so much about this issue?

First, like any grandfather, I want my grandchildren to enjoy the beauty and bounty of a healthy planet.  And like any human being, it grieves me to see that floods, droughts and fires are getting worse, that island nations will disappear and uncounted species will become extinct.

As His Holiness Pope Francis and other faith leaders have reminded us, we have a moral responsibility to act in solidarity with the poor and most vulnerable who have done least to cause climate change and will suffer first and worst from its effects.

Second, as the head of the United Nations, I have prioritized climate change because no country can meet this challenge alone.  Climate change carries no passport; emissions released anywhere contribute to the problem everywhere.  It is a threat to lives and livelihoods everywhere.  Economic stability and the security of nations are under threat.  Only through the United Nations can we respond collectively to this quintessentially global issue.

The negotiation process has been slow and cumbersome.  But we are seeing results.  In response to the UN’s call, more than 166 countries, which collectively account for more than 90 per cent of emissions, have now submitted national climate plans with targets.  If successfully implemented, these national plans bend the emissions curve down to a projected global temperature rise of approximately 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

This is significant progress.  But it is still not enough.  The challenge now is to move much further and faster to reduce global emissions so we can keep global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius.  At the same time, we must support countries to adapt to the inevitable consequences that are already upon us.

The sooner we act, the greater the benefits for all: increased stability and security; stronger, more sustainable economic growth; enhanced resilience to shocks; cleaner air and water; improved health.

We will not get there overnight.  The climate change conference in Paris is not the end point.  It must mark the floor, not the ceiling of our ambition.  It must be the turning point towards a low-emission, climate-resilient future.

Around the world, momentum is building.  Cities, businesses and investors, faith leaders and citizens are acting to reduce emissions and build resilience.  The responsibility now rests with Governments to conclude a meaningful, binding agreement in Paris that provides clear rules of the road for strengthening global ambition.  For this, negotiators need clear guidance from the top.

I believe this is forthcoming.  The leaders of the G20, who met earlier this month in Antalya, Turkey, showed strong commitment to climate action.  And more than 120 Heads of State and Government have confirmed their participation in Paris, despite heightened security concerns in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

I see four essential elements for Paris to be a success: durability, flexibility, solidarity and credibility.

First, durability.  Paris must provide a long-term vision consistent with a below 2 degrees trajectory, and send a clear signal to markets that the low-carbon transformation of the global economy is inevitable, beneficial and already under way.

Second, the agreement must provide flexibility so it does not need to be continually renegotiated.  It must be able to accommodate changes in the global economy and strike a balance between the leadership role of developed countries and the increasing responsibilities of developing countries.

Third, the agreement must demonstrate solidarity, including through financing and technology transfer for developing countries.  Developed countries must keep their pledge to provide $100 billion a year by 2020 for adaptation and mitigation alike.

Fourth, an agreement must demonstrate credibility in responding to rapidly escalating climate impacts.  It must include regular five year cycles for governments to assess and strengthen their national climate plans in line with what science demands.  Paris must also include transparent and robust mechanisms for measuring, monitoring and reporting progress.

The UN stands fully ready to support countries in implementing such an agreement.

A meaningful climate agreement in Paris will build a better today – and tomorrow.  It will help us end poverty.  Clean our air and protect our oceans.  Improve public health.  Create new jobs and catalyze green innovations.  It will accelerate progress towards all of the Sustainable Development Goals.  That is why I care so deeply about climate change.

My message to world leaders is clear: success in Paris depends on you.  Now is the time for common sense, compromise and consensus.  It is time to look beyond national horizons and to put the common interest first.  The people of the world – and generations to come – count on you to have the vision and courage to seize this historic moment.

Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November 2015)

The atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, along with the domestic abuse found in all countries, are grave threats to progress.

I am deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls living in conditions of armed conflict, who suffer various forms of violence, sexual assault, sexual slavery and trafficking. Violent extremists are perverting religious teachings to justify the mass subjugation and abuse of women. These are not random acts of violence, or the incidental fallout of war, but rather systematic efforts to deny women’s freedoms and control their bodies. As the world strives to counter and prevent violence extremism, the protection and empowerment of women and girls must be a key consideration.

Roughly half of today’s 60 million forcibly displaced people are women.  Many who flee war and violence are often exploited by unscrupulous smugglers, and frequently suffer gender discrimination and xenophobia in host societies.  Those who are too young, too old or too frail to make the risky journey are left behind even more vulnerable without those who have left.

Even in areas at peace, violence against women persists in the form of femicide, sexual assault, female genital mutilation/cutting, early marriage and cyberviolence. These practices traumatize individuals and tear at the fabric of society.

I have led a global response through the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and the HeForShe initiative to engage men in promoting gender equality.  I call on governments to increase contributions to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which aims to address chronic underinvestment in this area.

Millions of people across the world are uniting under the banner colour orange, chosen to symbolize the brighter future of a world free from violence against women and girls. This year, in a sign of the growing momentum for change, orange lights will illuminate iconic landmarks from the historic ruins at Petra in Jordan to Niagara Falls in North America.

We can also blaze a path to a future of dignity and equality for all by implementing the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which recognizes the importance of eliminating violence against women, with related targets across several of the Sustainable Development Goals.  Recent major reviews of United Nations peace operations, peacebuilding efforts and the women, peace and security agenda have all highlighted the critical value of women’s participation in peace and security.

The pervasiveness of violence against women and girls means we can all take steps to address it. Let us join forces to end this crime, promote full gender equality and realize a world where women and girls enjoy the safety they deserve – for their sake and for all of humanity.

The Secretary-General’s Remarks to the General Assembly on Global Awareness of the Tragedies or Irregular Migrants in the Mediterranean Basin with Specific Emphasis on Syrian Asylum Seekers – 20 November 2015

I thank the General Assembly President for convening this important meeting.

A record 60 million people have been forced from their homes. Tragedies are multiplying – especially for the Syrian people.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and all first asylum countries have generously supported millions of desperate people. I applaud them – but having such few countries bear the global responsibility is simply not a sustainable solution.

We need a new approach to manage the challenges of global mobility, built on equitable responsibility sharing.

Today I will underscore five priority areas for our response. And I will set out our roadmap ahead.

First: Addressing root causes.

We are doing everything possible to address the conflict in Syria. At the same time, we are working to prevent, mediate and resolve violence and tensions in the region and beyond. I ask that we invest more resources, and political will, in our prevention tools.

It is also time to break the silence surrounding poor governance, growing inequalities and human rights violations – including the oppression of women. These are major factors pushing people from their homes.

The 2030 Agenda can dramatically advance progress. I call on all countries to see development as a moral imperative and strategic bulwark against instability.

Second: Managing large flows.

We need to develop better ways to receive large groups of migrants and refugees – and to process their claims for protection and refugee status.

Criminal networks must be brought to justice. And we must end the demand for their services. That means shorter and better-managed transits. It demands more safe and legal paths such as family reunification, student visas, humanitarian visas, private sponsorships and labour mobility schemes. And more places for resettlement.

Third: Protecting human rights

We must uphold the human rights of migrants and refugees – especially in the face of rising xenophobia and discrimination.

In the wake of terrorist attacks, I am deeply concerned about misplaced suspicions about migrants and refugees, especially those who are Muslim. We must be on guard against such distortions and discrimination, which only play into the hands of terrorists trying to sow divisions and fear. We must respond not by closing doors but by opening our hearts with unity, tolerance, and pluralism and compassion. This will foster true security.

We cannot cede any ground – legal or moral– in countering violent extremists.  The rights to asylum and non-refoulement must be upheld.

Any fears about terrorists hiding among refugees only support the argument for a managed approach.

Millions of refugees who have lost everything to violence and oppression want to end those threats more than anyone. They can potentially be a major constituency in combating violent extremism.

So can the world’s youth. I must recall that almost half of the 60 million forcibly displaced are children.  I repeat my call to empower today’s young peacebuilders.

Fourth: Increasing financing.

Needs vastly overwhelm resources. That is why I have set up the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing. I count on its experts to provide recommendations to mobilize more resources – and use them more efficiently.

In the meantime, I appeal to member state to be generous at this time of immense need, to fund all underfunded humanitarian appeals. Such donations should not come at the expense of development aid, which remains essential.

Fifth: Adopting a global approach.

No country alone can solve the problem that is inherently international.

We will find answers through a collective push that transcends narrow, short-term interests.

We are building on our cooperation with the African Union, ASEAN, the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

With the right global arrangements, we can make the most of regional resources.

The road ahead is full of challenges, but we have a map to navigate them.

The Vienna negotiating track is moving forward in addressing the key root causes:  the catastrophic conflict in Syria.

On February 4 in London next year, I will co-host – together with the governments of United Kingdom, Norway, Kuwait and Germany – a conference on the Syria humanitarian crisis. Our goal is to raise significant new funding for all those affected within the country while supporting Syria’s neighbours. The London Conference will also seek ways to create jobs and provide education to foster hope.

Following that, I have asked the High Commissioner for Refugees to convene a Resettlement Plus conference in March. It will galvanize pledges to resettle or otherwise help place the more than 3 million people who have been displaced as a result of the Syrian conflict and violence in the region.

Then at the end of May 2016, World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey will offer a chance to reshape the global humanitarian agenda. The Summit will address financing, including by the private sector, while addressing humanitarian challenges.

And in September next year, I propose to the Member States to convene, just one day before the General Debate, a High-Level Summit on managing large-scale movements of migrants and refugees.

I understand that the President of the General Assembly is also considering convening a high-level thematic debate on these issues.

We need a new global compact on responsibility sharing.  This would help prevent future destabilisation of whole nations and regions.

To guide the discussions at this Summit, I would like to submit a report to the General Assembly on models for comprehensive solutions based on global responsibility sharing, which I would develop in close consultations with you.

I count on the Member States’ support for this proposal and on their political will to craft a response that respects international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

By doing so, we will advance global progress on a fundamental issue in international cooperation and help secure our common future in a troubled world.

Thank you.