New UN Publications: March 2017

Human Development Report 2016 Human Development for Everyone.
The report finds that although average human development improved significantly across all regions from 1990 to 2015, one in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development as measured by the Human Development Index (HDI). The HDI is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: having a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable, and enjoying a decent standard of living.
 
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Publisher: UNDP
ISBN: 978-92-1-060036-1
pp. 271

The Rights of indigenous peoples in Asia.
This report seeks to draw a realistic picture of major trends and challenges, and identifies important new opportunities in the framework of the new global agendas on sustainable development and climate action, which call for specific attention regarding the rights and concerns of indigenous peoples.
 
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Publisher: ILO
ISBN: 978-92-2-130490-6
pp.88
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Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2016.
This year’s report of the Board contains a thematic chapter on women and drugs, the specific needs of women who use drugs and the harms they face in connection to drug use. That chapter looks at the epidemiology of drug use among women and the socioeconomic contexts surrounding issues such as drug injection. Drug-related harms to women and the resulting consequences for communities are often sorely under-studied, and gender-disaggregated data on drug use are rarely collected. There are also inadequate budget allocations by Member States for the specific prevention and treatment of drug dependence and substance use disorders among women, who often do not 1 General Assembly resolution S-30/1, annex. iv have access to any assistance and suffer in silence. INCB believes that this year’s thematic chapter can change perceptions and remind people, particularly policymakers, of the importance of protecting the rights of women who use drugs or who have committed drug-related crimes and of protecting the rights of their families.
 
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Publisher: INCB
ISBN: 978-92-1-060065-1
pp. 132

Inheriting a sustainable world: Atlas on children’s health and the environment.
This book seeks to promote the importance of creating sustainable environments and reducing the exposure of children to modifiable environmental hazards. The wide scope of the SDGs offers a framework within which to work and improve the lives of all children. To this end, we encourage further data collection and tracking of progress on the SDGs, to show the current range of global environmental hazards to children’s health and identify necessary action to ensure that no one is left behind.
 
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Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978-92-4-151177-3
pp. 139

Don’t pollute my future! The Impact of the Environment on Children’s Health.
In 2015, 5.9 million children under age five died. The major causes of child deaths globally are pneumonia, prematurity, intrapartum-related complications, neonatal sepsis, congenital anomalies, diarrhoea, injuries and malaria. Most of these diseases and conditions are at least partially caused by the environment. It was estimated in 2012 that 26% of childhood deaths and 25% of the total disease burden in children under five could be prevented through the reduction of environmental risks such as air pollution, unsafe water, sanitation and inadequate hygiene or chemicals.
 
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Publisher: WHO
pp. 30

When women lead, change happens: Women advancing the end of AIDS.
The AIDS response has been led by women. Today, we are at the cusp of eliminating new HIV infections among children—a movement led by women. But, 18.6M women and girls are living with HIV with nearly 1 million new infections every year.  In order to successfully Fast-Track efforts to end AIDS, programming efforts must address the complexity of the everyday lives of girls and women as they mature and grow and build the response around their needs. Furthermore, the Sustainable Development Goals call for an inclusive approach to accelerate economic growth, support political and social stability, and ensure better health outcomes for all.
 
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Publisher: UNAIDS
pp. 31

Hitting Rock Bottom: How 2016 became the worst year for Syria’s children.
No child is spared the horror of the war in Syria, where children come under attack on a daily basis. At least 652 children were killed in 2016 alone – a 20 per cent increase from 20151 – making 2016 the worst year for Syria’s children since child casualties have been formally documented. Coping mechanisms are eroding fast and families are taking extreme measures just to be able to survive. Thankfully, amid the horrors and suffering, there are many remarkable stories of children and families determined to pursue their hopes, dreams and aspirations for a better future. The dreams, hopes and aspirations of Syria’s children can come true if we continue to help them.
 
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Publisher: UNICEF
pp. 12

The Socio-Economic Impact of HIV at the Household Level in Myanmar.
Over the past decade, significant achievements have been made in addressing HIV in the country. Despite these important achievements, we recognize that there is an important unfinished agenda to ensure better access, quality and efficiency with the HIV program. This study demonstrates that HIV-affected households face a variety of economic and social challenges. This report also examines the socio-economic impact of HIV at the household level in Myanmar, providing policy-makers with a rich evidence base upon which to strengthen existing impact mitigation strategies, introduce new interventions, and ensure resources are utilized effectively and efficiently
 
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Publisher: UNDP
pp. 122

Global Report on Food Crises 2017.
Currently, the world is faced with an unprecedented call for action at a moment in which four countries have been identified as at risk of famine, and demand for humanitarian and resilience assistance is escalating.  The Global Report enhances coordination and decision-making through a neutral analysis that informs program planning and implementation. The key objective and strength of the report is to establish a consultative and consensus-based process to compile food insecurity analysis from throughout the world into a global public product to inform annual planning and resource allocation decisions.
 
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Publisher: WFP/UNICEF/FAO
pp. 144

UN Women Asia-Pacific – Interactive Annual Report 2015.
This Annual Report captures some of the work which UN Women undertook in the Asia-Pacific region, in collaboration with governments, the UN system, development partners and civil society actors. It is an interactive report through which you will have access to our reports, advocacy tools and publications. The governments, drawing inspiration and direction from their populations and civil society organizations are committed to leaving no one behind.
 
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Publisher: UN Women
pp. 46