New UN Publications: July 2017

State of the Least Developed Countries 2017.
The world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are facing significant challenges in implementing the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) and the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the latest edition of the State of the Least Developed Countries report by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). The fourth edition of the report – launched today in New York – focuses on the financing of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the LDCs.

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Publisher: UN-OHRLLS
pp. 85

Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 2017.
The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) has produced regular estimates of global progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) since 1990. This 2017 update is the most comprehensive assessment to date and establishes the first global baseline estimates for SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2.

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Publisher: WHO / UNICEF
pp. 59

Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest Monitoring.
Understanding forest resources and their changes is key to national and international environmental and developmental policy processes. The guidelines at hand draw on the rich experiences and lessons learned from FAO member countries and FAO national forest monitoring projects and initiatives. This document is intended as a technical reference for governmental bodies in charge of forest monitoring, educational and research institutions, the public and private sectors, and members of civil society concerned with national forest monitoring.

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Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-109619-2
pp. 61

United Nations Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework in the Caribbean 2017-2021.
The United Nations (UN) is adapting its planning and programmes to better help Caribbean countries ensure that no one is left behind in their thrust to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2017-2021 United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (UN MSDF) will pool their comparative advantages within a single strategic framework that aligns with and supports the overarching strategic goals of the Caribbean’s governments and key stakeholders.

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Publisher: UNDP
pp. 82

World Food Assistance 2017.
This global report provides a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis of trends, challenges and innovative solutions in food assistance at a time of complex emergencies and soaring needs. The report demonstrates the range and depth of donor-funded food assistance measures coordinated by international groups such as WFP. But the report also makes clear that most food assistance is funded, designed, and implemented not by the international community but rather by national governments and their partners.

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Publisher: WFP
pp. 162

In Search of Opportunities: Voices of children on the move in West and Central Africa.
Migration is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Migrants do not generally set out to live off public services elsewhere; they are men, women and children striving for what humans have always yearned for: safety and a better life. Each year, an estimated 12 million people cross borders in West and Central Africa. This report aims to paint a more balanced picture of migration in West and Central Africa. By bringing out the voices of the children whose lives are shaped by migration, the report seeks to better understand the motivations for their movement, the methods they use and the challenges they face along the way.

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Publisher: UNICEF
pp. 22

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025 – Special focus: Southeast Asia.
The food and agriculture sector is faced with a critical global challenge: to ensure access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food for a growing world population, while at the same time using natural resources more sustainably and making an effective contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation. This report aims to provide information, analysis and advice, to help governments achieve these essential objectives. It provides a ten-year projection to 2026 for the major agricultural commodities, as well as for biofuels and fish. This year’s Agricultural Outlook includes a special focus on Southeast Asia, a region where agriculture and fisheries have developed rapidly and undernourishment has been significantly decreased.

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Publisher: FAO/OECD
ISBN: 978-92-64-27550-8
pp. 137

Early and unintended pregnancy: Recommendations for the education sector.
Available evidence supports a clear and compelling role for the education sector in preventing early and unintended pregnancy and ensuring the right to education for pregnant and parenting girls. Early and unintended pregnancy can be prevented through good quality comprehensive sexuality education that includes content on gender equality, and linkages with services ensuring the availability of contraceptives.

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Publisher: UNESCO
pp. 12

Leaving no one behind: Mine action and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mine action is one of the answers to the threats faced by mine affected states in a post-conflict setting. Still, its role has at times been insufficiently considered in humanitarian-peacebuilding-development debates. Using the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a unifying framework, this study addresses this shortcoming and identifies entry points for policymakers, mine action organizations, UN agencies, and donor partners to tighten the coherence of their work, both within the mine action sector and the broader peace and development communities. It provides a first look at how the various activities undertaken in mine action are linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and makes recommendations for planning, reporting and financing to heighten the overall impact and enhance mainstreaming of the sector’s efforts.

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Publisher: UNDP
pp. 114

WFP Environmental Policy.
WFP recognizes that the environmental, social and economic dimensions of the agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals are interdependent and must all be consistently reflected in its work. The policy focuses on mechanisms for identifying, avoiding, addressing and managing environmental risks in WFP’s interventions, while also recognizing that WFP’s food assistance activities can generate environmental benefits. The policy commits WFP to developing planning and implementation tools, which are outlined in separate guidance documents. The policy also underlines the need for collaboration and takes into account the policies and guidelines of WFP’s principal partners, including donors and multilateral fund.

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Publisher: WFP
pp. 26