New UN Publications: January 2017

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017.
In 2016, the world economy expanded by just 2.2 per cent, the slowest rate of growth since the Great Recession of 2009. Underpinning the sluggish global economy are the feeble pace of global investment, dwindling world trade growth, flagging productivity growth and high levels of debt. World gross product is forecast to expand by 2.7 per cent in 2017 and 2.9 per cent in 2018, with this modest recovery more an indication of economic stabilization than a signal of a robust and sustained revival of global demand. Given the close linkages between demand, investment, trade and productivity, the extended episode of weak global growth may prove self-perpetuating in the absence of concerted policy efforts to revive investment and foster a recovery in productivity. This would impede progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the goals of eradicating extreme poverty and creating decent work for all.
 
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNDESA
ISBN: 978-92-1-109175-5
pp. 201

School Violence and Bullying – Global Status Report.
A 2012 report by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children notes that ‘more than one billion children around the world attend school. Many of these children enjoy their right to be taught in a safe and stimulating environment. For many others, however, schooling does not guarantee such opportunity. These girls and boys are exposed to bullying, sexual and gender-based violence, corporal punishment and other forms of violence… Many are also exposed to schoolyard fighting, gang violence, assault with weapons, and sexual and gender-based violence by their own peers. New manifestations of violence are also affecting children’s lives, notably the phenomenon of cyberbullying via mobile phones, computers, websites and social networking sites.
 
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 978-92-3-100197-0
pp. 54

Good practices: Experience in the Market Surveillance of ISO 9001 quality management systems.
The report presents the lessons learnt and good practices in applying Market Surveillance methodology to monitor the effectiveness of ISO 9001 certification in manufacturing enterprises and evaluate the performance of respective certification and accreditation bodies.
 
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Publisher: UNIDO
pp. 45

The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control.
This monograph examines the economics of global tobacco control and features the contributions of many leading researchers in the field. It examines the current research and evidence base surrounding the economics of tobacco control — including tobacco use, tobacco growing, manufacturing and trade, tobacco product taxes and prices, and tobacco control policies and other interventions to reduce tobacco use and its consequences — and the economic implications of global tobacco control efforts.

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Publisher: WHO / NCI
pp. 688

2017 Afghanistan Humanitarian Needs Overview.
Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous, and most violent, crisis ridden countries in the World. The continued deepening and geographic spread of the conflict has prompted a 13% increase in the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017, now 9.3 million. This document provides shared understanding of the crisis, including the most pressing humanitarian needs and the estimated number of people who need assistance. It represents a consolidated evidence base and helps inform joint strategic response planning.
 
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Publisher: UNOCHA
pp. 43

Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) – Mixed Migration Flows from Afghanistan and Pakistan towards Europe: Understanding Data-Gaps and Recommendations – Desk Review Report, August 2016.
This desk review report hopes to enable a better understanding of migration flows from Afghanistan and Pakistan towards Europe. The number of arrivals by sea and land to Europe for 2015 exceeded one million on the 20th December, with the total number registered by the relevant national authorities standing at 1,046,599. About three in four Afghans have experienced forced displacement at some point in their life, and many have experienced multiple displacements. This project particularly aims to collect information and data on forced and irregular migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan and their migration through the Middle East towards Europe whilst gathering information in eight thematic areas.
 
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Publisher: IOM
pp. 77