Category Archives: UN Publications

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.
90_90_90_Progress Report
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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.
IOM contributions to progressively resolve displacement situations
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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.

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New UN Publications: June 2016

The State of the World’s Children 2016.
As we look around the world today, we’re confronted with an uncomfortable but undeniable truth: Millions of children’s lives are blighted. The data in this report show, unless we accelerate the pace of our progress in reaching them, the futures of millions of disadvantaged and vulnerable children – and therefore the future of their societies – will be imperilled. This report concludes with five ways to strengthen our work, building on what we have learned over the last 25 years – and what we are still learning: Increasing information about those being left behind.
SOWC 2016
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNICEF
ISBN: 978-92-806-4838-6
pp: 172

World Drug Report 2016
The World Drug Report 2016 is published in the wake of the landmark moment in global drug policy, the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem. Chapter I provides a global overview of the supply of and demand for opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as their impact on health. It also reviews the scientific evidence on polydrug use, treatment demand for cannabis and developments since the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in some parts of the world.
World Drug Report 2016
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Publisher: UNODC
ISBN: 978-92-1-057862-2
pp: 107, 66 Annexes

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New UN Publications: May 2016

“World Cities Report 2016”
The analysis of urban development of the past twenty years presented in this maiden edition of the World Cities Report shows, with compelling evidence, that there are new forms of collaboration and cooperation, planning, governance, finance and learning that can sustain positive change. The Report unequivocally demonstrates that the current urbanization model is unsustainable in many respects. It conveys a clear message that the pattern of urbanization needs to change in order to better respond to the challenges of our time, to address issues such as inequality, climate change, informality, insecurity, and the unsustainable forms of urban expansion.

World Cities Report 2016
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Publisher: UN HABITAT
ISBN: 978-92-1-133395-4
pp: 247

“World Health Statistics 2016: Monitoring health for the SDGs”
The World Health Statistics series is WHO’s annual compilation of health statistics for its 194 Member States. World Health Statistics 2016 focuses on the proposed health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets. It represents an initial effort to bring together available data on SDG health and health-related indicators. In the current absence of official goal-level indicators, summary measures of health such as (healthy) life expectancy are used to provide a general assessment of the situation.

World Health Statistics 2016 Monitoring health for the SDG
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Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978 92 4 069569 6
pp: 136

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New UN Publications: April 2016

Planning Communication for Agricultural Disaster Risk Management: A Field Guide
It presents how to assess rural people’s communication needs and how to plan and implement Communication for Development (ComDev) activities to increase the resilience and protect the livelihoods of rural communities in the context of disaster risk management, crisis preparedness and responses in agriculture, food and nutrition.

 Planning Communication for Agricultural Disaster Risk Management
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Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-109029-9
pp: 114

Inaugural 2016 Report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development
The first edition of the report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development maps out the commitments and action items contained in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and lays out how the Task Force will monitor their implementation in future years.

Inaugural 2016 Report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development
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Publisher: UNDESA
ISBN: 978-92-1-101336-8
pp: 153

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New UN Publications: March 2016

Women at Work Trends 2016.
The Women at Work report provides the latest ILO data on women’s position in labour markets, examines the factors behind these trends and explores the policy drivers for transformative change.

 Women at Work Trends 2016
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Publisher: ILO
ISBN: 978-92-2-130796-9
pp: 313

 

Adolescent Boys and Young Men.
Achieving gender equality must, and has, involved efforts to understand the vulnerabilities and risks that adolescent girls and young women face every day – but how much do we know about the realities of adolescent boys and young men? This report takes a deeper look at the daily lives of adolescent boys and young men around the world and at how they can join the movement towards improved health and gender equality. It also analyzes the implications of these risks and realities not only for boys, but also on the lives of women and girls.

Adolescent Boys and Young Men
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Publisher: UNFPA
pp: 88

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New UN Publications: February 2016

Availability of Internationally Controlled Drugs: Ensuring Adequate Access for Medical and Scientific Purposes.
The present supplement to the annual report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for 2015 analyses global access to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. It also reviews patterns and trends relating to consumption, as well as information provided by Member States on the policies and practices at the country level for ensuring the availability of these controlled substances, and the impediments thereto.

Availability of Internationally Controlled Drugs 2016
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Publisher: INCB
ISBN: 978-92-1-148285-0
pp: 116

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New UN Publications: January 2016

Asia-Pacific Migration Report 2015: Migrants’ Contributions to Development.
The people of Asia and the Pacific are on the move. Migrants from countries across the region play a key role as development actors. The Report assesses the development impacts of migrants in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and provides guidance on the steps countries, regional organizations, civil society actors and others can take to improve these impacts, notably through securing the rights of migrants and ensuring their access to social protection and decent work, both through national policies and multilateral dialogue and cooperation.
Asia Pacific Migration report 2015
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Publisher: UN
pp: 167

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015: Year-end Update.
The Year-end Update of ESCAP’s annual flagship publication, Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, provides the latest macroeconomic forecasts, identifies emerging risks and challenges, and takes stock of fiscal, monetary and structural policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region. Against the recent slowdown, a key message is the need to reinvigorate domestic and regional sources of demand instead of relying primarily on external demand. This would entail rebalancing towards consumption in some cases and boosting investment in others, including in infrastructure. Given weakening and uneven productivity growth, the report calls for greater attention to small and medium-sized enterprises and the agricultural sector, the contribution of which to total value added is disproportionately small compared with their total employment share. In this vein, fiscal policy has a critical role to play.
Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015 Year-end Update
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Publisher: UNESCAP
pp: 43

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