Category Archives: UN Publications

New UN Publications: February 2017

Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work.
This report considers the impact of telework/ICT-mobile work on the world of work. It synthesises research carried out by Eurofound’s network of European correspondents and ILO country experts. The incidence of T/ICTM is related not only to technological developments in different countries but also to existing economic structures and cultures of work. The report also classifies T/ICTM employees in relation to their place of work (home, office or another location) and the intensity and frequency of their work using ICT outside the employer’s premises.

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Publisher: ILO, Eurofound
ISBN: 978-92-2-130472-2
pp. 72

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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.
 
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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.
 
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Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 978-92-3-100197-0
pp. 54

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New UN Publications: December 2016

The Least Developed Countries Report 2016.
Graduation is the process through which a country ceases to be an LDC, having in principle overcome the structural handicaps that warrant special support from the international community, beyond that generally granted to other developing countries. However, the Report argues that it should be regarded, not as a winning post, but rather as a milestone in a country’s long-term economic and social development. Thus, the focus should not be on graduation itself, but rather on “graduation with momentum”, which will lay the foundations for long-term development and allow potential pitfalls to be avoided far beyond the country’s exit from the LDC category.
 
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Publisher: UNCTAD
ISBN: 978-92-1-112905-2
pp.189

Global Wage Report 2016/17: Wage inequality in the workplace.
This report analyses the evolution of real wages around the world, giving a unique picture of wage trends globally and by region. The 2016/17 edition examines inequality at the workplace level, providing empirical evidence on the extent to which wage inequality is the result of wage inequality between enterprises as well as within enterprises. The report also includes a review of key policy issues regarding wages.
 
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Publisher: ILO
ISBN: 978-92-2-130928-4
pp.131

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New UN Publications: November 2016

Non-Standard Employment Around the World: Understanding Challenges, Shaping Prospects.
The report analyses the incidence and trends of NSFE globally and explores the reasons behind this phenomenon, including changes in the world of work brought about by globalization and social change, shifting organizational practices among companies, and changes and gaps in the regulation of work. It also includes a series of policy recommendations.
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Publisher: ILO
ISBN: 978-92-2-130386-2
pp.375

From MDGs to Sustainable Development For All: Lessons from 15 Years of Practice.
The quest of the last 15 years to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) demonstrates the power of Global Goals to realize progressive change. The MDGs succeeded, in part, by tapping a widely held conviction that progress everywhere – particularly among the impoverished. This Report strives to illuminates how in practice, the SDGs can best be applied to this end. It draws from the lessons in over 50 recent National MDG Reports. We encourage practitioners, advocates and leaders, in all walks of life, to use this Report to identify and apply lessons from MDG practice, suited to their context
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Publisher: UNDP
pp. 82

Get on the Fast-Track — The life-cycle approach to HIV.
In this report, UNAIDS is announcing that 18.2 million people now have access to HIV treatment. The Fast-Track response is working. Increasing treatment coverage is reducing AIDS-related deaths among adults and children. But the life-cycle approach has to include more than just treatment. Tuberculosis (TB) remains among the commonest causes of illness and death among people living with HIV of all ages, causing about one third of AIDS-related deaths in 2015. These deaths could and should have been prevented.

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Publisher: UNAIDS
pp. 140

New UN Publications: October 2016

Global tuberculosis report 2016.
WHO has published a global TB report every year since 1997. The main aim of the report is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessmentof the TB epidemic, and of progress in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease at global, regional and country levels.
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Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978 92 4 156539 4
pp. 201

Climate Change Resilience: An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities.
Inequalities cause and exacerbate climate impacts on poor and vulnerable people The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience —an Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities (#WESS2016), found that governments can play a significant role in reducing the risks of climate change to  vulnerable populations. Through transformative policies, the report shows that governments could address the root causes of inequalities and build climate change resilience.
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Publisher: UN DESA
ISBN: 978-92-1-058231-5
pp.156

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New UN Publications: September 2016

State of Least Developed Countries 2016.
The current report builds on the first and second editions, which considered the issues of productive capacity building as well as extreme poverty eradication in the least developed countries (LDCs) and the post-2015 development agenda. These reports provided analysis relating to the inclusion of LDC issues in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. This year’s report is dedicated to the implementation of the SDGs in LDCs using synergies with the IPoA.
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Publisher: UN-OHRLLS
pp.100

Global Education Monitoring Report 2016.
The 2016 GEM Report is the first of a new 15-year series. It shows that education will not deliver its full potential to catapult the world forward unless participation rates dramatically improve, learning becomes a lifelong pursuit and education systems fully embrace sustainable development. It provides valuable insight for governments and policy makers to monitor and accelerate progress towards SDG 4, building on the indicators and targets we have, with equity and inclusion as measures of overall success.
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Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 978-92-3-100167-3
pp. 535

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New UN Publications: August 2016

90-90-90 On the right track towards global target.
The 90–90–90 agenda has in two short years rejuvenated the AIDS response – 90% diagnosed, 90% on treatment, 90% virtually suppressed. Globally, 17 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy as of December 2015. Bolstering the optimism stemming from continued treatment scale-up, new scientific evidence has further confirmed the urgent need for the treat-all approach on which 90–90–90 is premised. To end the epidemic as a public health threat by 2030, however, the reduction in HIV transmission associated with achievement of 90–90–90 will need to be matched to a much more robust reduction in the risk of HIV.
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Publisher: UNAIDS
pp.58

IOM Contributions to Progressively Resolve Displacement Situations: Compendium of activities and good practice.”
Compendium reports are central to IOM’s own processes of collecting and learning from good practices globally. Externally, they demonstrate IOM’s experience on a given topic. This compendium is primarily designed to support IOM staff, aiming to facilitate exchange of good practices and promote innovative, high-quality programming while cognizant of the need to assess feasibility and adaptability to local contexts. This process has also contributed to the development of a new IOM framework on the progressive resolution of displacement situations, which conceptualizes IOM’s approach.
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Publisher: IOM
pp. 262

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New UN Publications: July 2016

“The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016.”
This agenda is a road map for people and the planet that will build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and ensure sustainable social and economic progress worldwide. It seeks not only to eradicate extreme poverty, but also to integrate and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development—economic, social and environmental—in a comprehensive global vision.
The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UN
ISBN: 978-92-1-101340-5
pp: 56

 

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016: Contributing to food security and nutrition for all.”
This issue of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture aims to provide objective, reliable and up-to-date data and information to a wide range of readers – policy-makers, managers, scientists, stakeholders and indeed all those interested in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. As always, the scope is global and the topics many and varied. This edition uses the latest official statistics on fisheries and aquaculture to present a global analysis of trends in fish stocks, production, processing, utilization, trade and consumption.
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016
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Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-109185-2
pp: 190

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Philippines: Promoting institutional coordination to achieve the 2030 Agenda

 

This article is part of the publication, “The Sustainable Development Goals are Coming to Life: Stories of Country Implementation and UN Support.”

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National ownership

The Philippine government has embraced the need for the country to mainstream the SDGs into its next national six-year development plan (2017–2022) and the 25-year development programme called ‘Ambisyon Natin (Our Ambition) 2040’. It has led technical workshops to inform the core national-level indicators for effective monitoring of progress against the SDGs.

Institutional coordination and coherence

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) proposed the creation of the Committee on SDGs to spearhead the national implementation of the SDGs and promote rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth. The Committee will comprise the heads of various national government agencies, with the Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning as the Chair. In addition, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Board has recently approved a resolution enjoining all government agencies to provide the necessary data support to monitor the SDGs.

The Philippines Statistical Development Plan 2011–2017 now includes a separate chapter for the compilation and improvement of national SDG indicators.

At the sub-national level, the Mindanao NEDA Sub-national Offices have passed a resolution requesting the establishment of an operational and integrated mechanism for the localization of the SDGs within the NEDA. The mechanism will define the development actions and commitments required at the regional/local level to contribute to attaining the SDG targets. The resolution also called for the NEDA Central Office to ensure a highly participatory and consultative process by involving the regions in SDG- related activities through the existing Regional Development Councils.

Raising public awareness

Several CSOs have organized theme- and sector-focused forums and workshops to discuss how the SDG framework could be used to identify issues and interventions for specific sectors and themes. The private sector and business groups have also started advocacy initiatives to increase understanding and the engagement of relevant actors in inclusive business and the broader SDG agenda.

In parallel, the UN continues to support the government in raising public awareness on the SDGs by developing advocacy and information materials, including an SDG presentation template, an SDG ‘commitment’ wall, SDG selfie boards to support the #GlobalGoals campaign, and an SDG booklet.

These communication materials were used in many public awareness-raising events such as the UN’s 70th anniversary celebrations, children’s and youth events, private-sector events and academic forums.

Inclusive participation

Social Watch Philippines, a civil society network composed of more than 100 CSOs and individuals, is formulating a Spotlight Report with UN support, which will complement the government’s Voluntary National Review for the 2016 HLPF. It will be drawn from a series of consultations that will analyse poverty and inequality, the inclusiveness of growth and its environmental implications, and structural and systemic issues, including multi-stakeholderism and partnership. The results are also expected to feed into the government’s national visioning and planning exercise. Business groups are also planning a portal to capture the private sector’s contributions to SDG targets.

Monitoring and reporting

In October 2015, NEDA, in coordination with the PSA and with UNDP support, conducted the First Technical Workshop on SDGs Indicators. This event was attended by 269 participants from various national government agencies, CSOs, academic institutions and the UNCT. Then in May 2016 the Second Technical Workshop on SDGs Indicators was convened with over 300 participants to inform the report by the Philippines to the Voluntary National Review for the HLPF in July. At these workshops, the initial list of SDG indicators was examined within the context of the country’s development objectives, and relevant indicators that were not included in the list were identified. The participants also assessed whether data on the SDG indicators were available from existing data sources, and prioritized those that should be part of the country’s core indicators. Building on such basic mapping activities, 231 global indicators were examined and prioritized in accordance with the national context, while 23 additional national indicators were presented for SDGs 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and well-being) and 5 (gender equality). The Department of Labor and Employment also initiated technical workshops with support from the ILO in May 2016 to identify and update indicators for SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and other goals covering elements of decent work. This led to a mapping of indicators in the Philippines covering decent work.

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016

ScreenHunter_707 Jul. 20 11.22This inaugural report on the global Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) is a first accounting of where the world stands
at the start of our collective journey to 2030.

The report analyses selected indicators from the global indicator framework
for which data are available as examples to highlight
some critical gaps and challenges. The list of SDG indicators
agreed upon by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2016
will be subject to refinements and improvements as methods
and data availability improve.

Download the Report here.