New UN Publications: October 2017

Levels and Trends in Child Mortality.
A new report from UNICEF and its partners in the Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017, shows the full scope of child and newborn mortality across the world. This report presents the group’s latest estimates of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality up to 2016, and assesses progress at the country, regional and global levels. In addition to global estimates for under-five, infant and newborn mortality, the report for the first time contains estimates on mortality among children aged 5-14.
 
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Publisher: UNESCO
pp. 40

Towards a pollution-free planet.
Outlining the many ways in which the world can move to a healthier, more sustainable way of living, UN Environment launched “Towards a pollution-free planet”, a report that serves as a call to action to governments, businesses, local authorities, civil society and individuals to prevent and reduce pollution, and clean up the planet. The report comes ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly, to be held on 4-6 December 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya under the overarching theme of pollution.
 
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Publisher: UNEP
ISBN: 978-92-807-3669-4
pp.123

World Employment and Social Outlook 2017: Sustainable enterprises and jobs – Formal enterprises and decent work.
The World Employment and Social Outlook report examines the fundamental role that sustainable enterprises play as engines of job creation, and how firms’ characteristics and strategies are related to labour market outcomes and firms’ performance. The report builds on the concept of “sustainable enterprises,” is implicitly linked to a general approach to sustainable development. It also provides evidence about the contribution of enterprises to decent work and economic growth. It finds that in today’s fast-paced global environment, firms may often make strategic decisions involving competitiveness through a short-term rather than a long-term perspective.
 
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Publisher: ILO
ISBN: 978-92-2-130093-2
pp.145

BioTrade and Access and Benefit Sharing: From concept to practice. A handbook for policymakers and regulators.
The handbook has been structured to highlight key issues and challenges with suggestions at the end of each section for both regulators and policymakers. A distinction is made between a regulator (i.e. a person who mainly applies a law or regulation) and a policymaker who basically develops the rules and frameworks – often these two roles coincide.
 
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Publisher: UNCTAD
pp.88