“World Drug Report 2018.”
The non-medical use of prescription drugs is becoming a major threat to public health and law enforcement. The findings this year show that drug markets are expanding, with cocaine and opium production hitting absolute record highs, presenting multiple challenges on multiple fronts. The Report provides a global overview of the supply and demand of opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as their impact on health. It highlights the different drug use patterns and vulnerabilities of particular age and gender groups, and highlights the shift in the global drug market.
“Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants 2018.”
At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016, according to the first Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The study describes 30 major smuggling routes worldwide and finds that demand for smuggling services is particularly high among refugees who, for lack of other means, may need to use smugglers to reach a safe destination fleeing their origin countries. Data suggests that many smuggling flows include unaccompanied or separated children, who might be particularly vulnerable to deception and abuse by smugglers and others. The study also looks at the gender composition and the links between smugglers and migrants.
“More people, more food, worse water? A global review of water pollution from agriculture.”
Water pollution is a global challenge that has increased in both developed and developing countries. This publication provides an analysis of problems and options for improvement. It is structured using the Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact, Response (DPSIR) model. The framework has been used to formulate a number of relevant policies for pollution control. The framework also provides a structure within which to present indicators needed to enable feedback to policy-makers on environmental quality and the impact of certain policy choices.
Publisher: FAO / IWMI
“Multi-Country Western Pacific Integrated Hiv/Tb Programme.”
The report aims to improve the coverage and quality of HIV/TB prevention, treatment and care in 11 countries. The grant has been implemented from 2015-2017 and received funding through a $14.2 million grant from the Global Fund. The grant contributes to achieving SDG 3 (health and well-being) and its target to end the epidemics of AIDS and TB by 2030; the health-related targets of SDG 1 (reducing poverty); SDG 5 (gender equality); SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions); and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).
“Enhancing resilience and self-reliance in communities – End of Year Report 2017.”
The Syria crisis has, unfortunately, continued to be the world’s largest displacement crisis. Last year, some 6.1 million people were internally displaced. In 2017, UNHCR delivered 2.6 million protection and community services interventions, distributed core relief items to 3.5 million beneficiaries, and improved shelter living conditions to over 482,340 people. UNHCR mainstreamed community mobilization and self-reliance as key protection components to reduce vulnerabilities and protection risks.
“FAO + Japan : A Report on Partnership 2016-2017.”
This strong partnership dates back to 1951, when Japan became a member of the Organization.The partnership supports projects to strengthen global food governance and address the needs of vulnerable rural communities in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Its contribution also extends to providing FAO with world-class technical experts in headquarters. The solid partnership between Japan and FAO continues to grow.
“South-South Cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa: Strategies for UNDP Engagement.”
South-South and Triangular cooperation (SSC/TrC) is playing a greater role than ever before in the development cooperation landscape. It offers a comprehensive review of the SSC/TrC landscape in sub-Saharan Africa. This report is based on an extensive mapping of ongoing and completed SSC initiatives that took place between 2005-2015. It highlights the significant achievements that different aspects of South-South cooperation have made in advancing a number of strategic areas for sustainable development.
“TEEB for Agriculture & Food – Scientific and Economic Foundations Report.”
The world’s food systems face two immense challenges today. One, to produce enough food to nourish a global population of seven billion people without harming the environment. Two, to make sure food systems deliver nutrition to everyone, particularly the world’s poorest. This report marks the analysis to inform researchers, civil society, businesses, policymakers, farmers and consumers, of a new and unique approach for evaluating agriculture and food systems.
“IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.”
In 2016, the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group established a Task Team to develop IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The development of IASC Disability Guidelines mark a significant step in advancing accountability for the inclusion of persons with disabilities within the inter-agency coordination mechanism. This report summarizes the outputs of workshop activities and key recommendations for the IASC Disability Guidelines moving forward.
Publisher: UNFPA / South Asian Disability Forum
“WFP 2017 The Year in Review.”
The world’s most vulnerable people tend to live in degraded environments, where resources are scarce and the threat of disaster high. For years now, WFP has worked to tie humanitarian food assistance into a longer-term strategy that reduces hunger and boosts resilience. Our Food Assistance for Assets initiative offers food, vouchers or cash in exchange for building or refurbishing public utility projects – schools, roads, bridges or wells.
“United Nations Office For Outer Space Affairs: Annual Report 2017.”
The year 2017 was characterized by celebrations of the history of human activity in space alongside preparations for the future of international cooperation in space. It was also a year of important developments in the key work areas of UNOOSA, and the establishment of new initiatives for bringing the benefits of space to humankind.