New UN Publications: January 2020

“World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2020.”
Impacted by prolonged trade disputes, the global economy suffered its lowest growth in a decade, slipping to 2.3 per cent in 2019. The world, however, could see a slight uptick in economic activity in 2020 if risks are kept at bay, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2020.

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Publisher: UN DESA
ISBN: 978-92-1-109181-6
pp. 215



“Saving lives and reducing suffering: WHO’s work in emergency response operations in the who African Region in 2018 – Emergency Operations Annual Report.”
Every year, more than 100 public health emergencies are reported to WHO by Member States, of which 80% are of infectious origin. In the year under review, 162 public health emergencies were reported to and monitored by WHO. Of this number, 142 were disease outbreaks and 20 were humanitarian crises. Of these events, 50 resulted in further action by WHO, including grading and provision of technical and operational support.

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Publisher: WHO
pp. 43



“Every child counts: Using gender data to drive results for children.”
Gender-disaggregated data on children’s first two decades in life enables us to assess whether we are achieving equal outcomes for boys and girls. This data is crucial in highlighting progress, but also for identifying gaps and areas where increased efforts are needed. This brief describes the principles of UNICEF’s approach to gender data and statistics. Furthermore, it presents recommendations on the next steps to improve gender data for children.

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Publisher: UNICEF
pp. 32



“Guidance for Collaborative Procurement for Humanitarian Cash Transfers.”
The purpose of this ‘Guidance for Collaborative Procurement for Humanitarian Cash Transfers’ (this “Guidance”) is to support collaborative procurement options for humanitarian cash transfer services. This Guidance aims to clarify the acceptability of and to encourage the agencies to pursue collaborative procurement in their respective operations for humanitarian cash transfers.

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pp. 24



“Mixed Migration Flows in the Mediterranean – Compilation of Available Data and Information November 2019.”
A total of 117,904 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe through different land and sea routes between January and November 2019, 12 per cent less than the same period of 2018 when 133,655 sea and land arrivals were reported, 34 per cent less than the 178,232 arrivals registered in this period of 2017 and 68 per cent less than the 373,260 registered during this period in 2016.

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Publisher: IOM
pp. 41



“Decentralized Evaluation: USDA McGovern Dole Food for Education Program in Nepal 2014-2017, End-line Evaluation Report.”
The objective of evaluation is to evaluate the key results areas of Food for Education Programme (FFEP) – learning outcomes and health and nutrition outcomes. The overall evaluation suggests the School Meal Program (SMP) has been a driving force behind increasing school enrolment and continues to be so. However, the last phase of the programme contributed much towards not only ensuring school enrolment but largely on enhancing quality education service delivery.

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Publisher: WFP
pp. 107



UN, Embassy of Israel mark 75th Holocaust remembrance day

UN Resident Coordinator, ad interim, Iori Kato, lights one of six candles to commemorate the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust

MANILA (27 January 2020) – The Embassy of Israel and the United Nations (UN) in the Philippines marked today the 75th annual observance of Holocaust remembrance by recalling the part that a former Philippine president played in saving Jewish refugees during World War II and by emphasizing the role of education in preventing future acts of genocide. The Holocaust refers to the murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

Addressing about 100 students of the Philippine Women’s University, Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz lauded former President Manuel Quezon’s Open Door Policy to Jewish refugees, when “most leaders of the world preferred to shut their eyes and doors towards the Jews.”

UN Philippines Charges D’Affaires, Iori Kato, said, “I was very inspired when I learned that former president Quezon, in the midst of the fierce war against Japan, sympathized with the persecuted Jewish people, issued tens of thousands of visas to them, and offered safe haven to more than 1,300 Jewish families to the Philippines so that they could escape from the Nazis.”

The lighting of six candles during the event recalled the six million Jews who had not been as lucky and perished during the Holocaust.

 Harpaz underscored the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.

“The number of Holocaust survivors is decreasing each day and in a decade or so, there will be very few of them to tell the story to the younger generation,” said Harpaz. “Therefore, there is an utmost importance to commemorate the International Holocaust Memorial Day.”

In 2005, the UN General Assembly passed the Resolution 60/7 designating January 27th as the annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. the day marks the anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Auschwitz death camp on January 27, 1945.

The Resolution reaffirmed that “the Holocaust will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.”

Kato said that “in order to prevent that scale of heinous crimes and grave human rights violations from happening again, we have to remember what was done.  We tell ourselves not to forget about that history.”

The Holocaust commemorative event was participated in by members of the diplomatic community, members of the Jewish Association of the Philippines, and members of the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines. [Ends]

New UN Publications: December 2019

“Global Humanitarian Overview 2020.”
In 2019, donors provided a record $16 billion for inter-agency appeals between January and November 2019. Yet, compliance with international law is declining. Armed conflicts are killing and maiming a record number of children. Women and girls are at higher risk of sexual and gender-based violence. One in five people living in conflict areas has a mental health condition. In 2020, nearly 168 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection. This represents one in about 45 people in the world, and is the highest figure in decades. The United Nations and partner organizations aim to assist nearly 109 million of the most vulnerable people. This will require funding of $28.8 billion.
ABRIDGED version

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Publisher: UNOCHA
pp. 87



“Climate Action Report 2019.”
The Climate Action Report 2019 provides an overview of IFAD’s work on climate change and reports on progress, challenges and achievements in every work area where climate is accounted for within IFAD’s efforts towards improving the livelihoods of poor rural people. This year’s report highlights how climate change effects are considered and acted upon within the IFAD project cycle. It starts at the inception of developing country strategies and continues through the design, implementation and financing of projects to the assessment of impacts.

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Publisher: IFAD
ISBN: 978-92-9072-956-3
pp. 89



“Emissions Gap Report 2019: Global progress report on climate action.”
The Emissions Gap Report 2019 shows that we are on the brink of missing the 1.5°C target and condemning humanity to a future of serious climate change impacts. Countries cannot wait until they submit their updated Paris pledges in one year’s time to act. They need to do much more, starting now. Cities, regions, businesses and individuals must all play their part too. We simply cannot afford inaction. For ourselves, for our countries, for our future.

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Publisher: UNEP
ISBN: 978-92-807-3766-0
pp. 81


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New UN Publications: November 2019

“World Migration Report 2020.”
The World Migration Report 2020, the tenth in the world migration report series, has been produced to contribute to increased understanding of migration throughout the world. This new edition presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues, and is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers: Part I: key information on migration and migrants (including migration-related statistics); and Part II: balanced, evidence-based analysis of complex and emerging migration issues.

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Publisher: IOM
ISBN: 978-92-9068-789-4
pp. 475



“Parliaments as partners supporting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.”
The women, peace and security agenda remain critically important in a world that grapples with complex conflict. Women suffered a range of harms, from sexual and gender-based violence inflicted by combatants, to the loss of their spouses and families, to the loss of their livelihoods and personal autonomy. The participation of parliaments in efforts to support the women, peace and security agenda has been variable, with many parliaments either unaware of or uninvolved in national implementation efforts. This Handbook seeks to provide guidance to parliamentarians on their role in supporting the UNSCR 1325 agenda.

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Publisher: UNDP
pp. 51



“Addressing Climate-Fragility Risks.”
This climate-fragility risks guidance note seeks to inform the development and implementation of strategies, policies, or projects that seek to build resilience by linking climate change adaptation, peacebuilding, and sustainable livelihoods. It recommends a two-step approach to build resilience to climate-fragility risks. Throughout the note, checklists and guiding questions help readers put these concepts and approaches into action. In addition, a separate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) note provides guidance for measuring the effectiveness of these efforts; and a toolbox lists further reading and additional tools.

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Publisher: UNEP
pp. [70]



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UN Secretary-General’s Video Message on International Migrants Day, 18 December 2019


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[Text of the Secretary-General’s video message]

Migrants are integral members of society, contributing to mutual understanding and sustainable development in communities of both origin and destination.

Safe, orderly and regular migration is in the interest of all. And national priorities on migration are best achieved through international cooperation.

All migrants are entitled to equal protection of all their human rights.

These principles are enshrined in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Yet, we often hear narratives around migrants that are harmful and false.

And we often witness migrants facing unspeakable hardship as a result of policies shaped more by fear than by fact.

On this International Day, I urge leaders and people everywhere to bring the Global Compact to life, so that migration works for all.


UN Secretary-General’s Message on International Universal Health Coverage Day, 12 December 2019

This past September at the United Nations, world leaders endorsed an ambitious political declaration on universal health coverage, reaffirming that health is a human right.  The agreement is a significant achievement that will drive progress over the next decade on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On this International Universal Health Coverage Day, I call on leaders to keep the promise and ensure health for all is a reality for everyone, everywhere.

While more people are accessing essential health services than ever before, far too many still miss out.  It is unacceptable and unjust that half of the world’s population still lacks access to these essential services and 100 million people are driven into extreme poverty every year due to healthcare costs.

A person’s health coverage should never depend on their wealth or where they may live.

On our path to health for all, we must prioritize the needs of those most vulnerable and furthest behind, through increased public investment in resilient primary health care systems, including for mental health needs. We must also recognize the increasing burden that pollution and the climate crisis place on health and healthcare systems.

Universal health coverage is integral to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals, our blueprint of a better future for people and planet.  On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to health for all as an investment in humanity, wellbeing and prosperity for everyone.



Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, 10 December 2019

GENEVA (9 December 2019) – This has been a year of tremendous activism – notably by young people. It is particularly fitting that this year we mark Human Rights Day during the crucial UN conference in Madrid to uphold climate justice. We owe a debt of gratitude to all those millions of children, teenagers and young adults who have been standing up and speaking out more and more loudly about the crisis facing our planet.

Rightly, these young people are pointing out that it is their future which is at stake, and the future of all those who have not yet even been born. It is they who will have to bear the full consequences of the actions, or lack of action, by the older generations who currently run governments and businesses, the decision-makers on whom the future of individual countries, regions and the planet as whole depends.

It cannot, of course, be left to young people alone to tackle the climate emergency, or indeed the many other human rights crises that are currently causing simultaneous turbulence in so many countries across the world. All of us must stand together, in solidarity, and act with principle and urgency.

We can, and must, uphold the painstakingly developed universal human rights principles that sustain peace, justice and sustainable development. A world with diminished human rights is a world that is stepping backwards into a darker past, when the powerful could prey on the powerless with little or no moral or legal restraint.

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New UN Publications: October 2019

“Just Societies: Health Equity and Dignified Lives – Report of the Commission of the Pan American Health Organization of Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas.”
Inequity lies at the very heart of poor health outcomes in the Americas and must be urgently addressed if the Region is to achieve health for all. The report proposes priority goals across a range of action areas to reduce inequities in health. According to the report, much of the Region’s poor health outcomes are determined not by biology but by social structures that perpetuate unequal access to education, decent work, income and social protection, to name just a few. The report makes 12 recommendations for action by the countries of the Americas. The recommendations as a whole propose a renewed focus on groups most left behind, a whole-of-government approach to addressing inequality, and collaboration with other sectors beyond health.

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Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978-92-75-12126-9
pp. 304



“Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philippines, Status Report (July 2019).”
In terms of disaster risk, Philippines ranked third among all of the countries with the highest risks worldwide according to the World Risk Report 2018, with index value of 25.14% (World Economic Forum, 2018). At least 60% of the country’s total land area is exposed to multiple hazards, and 74% of the population is susceptible to their impact (GFDRR, 2017). Also, as the islands are located within the “Ring of Fire” between the Eurasian and Pacific tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanoes are posing serious risks to the safety of the populace. Flooding, landslides, droughts and tsunamis further contribute to the exposure to natural hazards (CFE-DM, 2018).
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Publisher: UNDRR
pp. 31



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UN Secretary-General’s Message on International Day for Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2019

When we secure the rights of people with disabilities, we move closer to achieving the central promise of the 2030 Agenda – to leave no one behind.

While we still have much to do, we have seen important progress in building an inclusive world for all.

Almost all United Nations Member States have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and I urge those who have not yet done so to ratify it without delay.

In June, I launched the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy, to raise our standards and performance on disability inclusion, across all areas of our work and around the world.

And for the first time, the Security Council adopted its first-ever resolution dedicated on the protection of persons with disabilities in armed conflict.

We are determined to lead by example.

On this International Day, I reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations to work with people with disabilities to build a sustainable, inclusive and transformative future in which everyone, including women, men, girls and boys with disabilities, can realize their potential.

Thank you. [Ends]

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UN Secretary-General’s Message on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2019


This year, on Human Rights Day, we celebrate the role of young people in bringing human rights to life.

Globally, young people are marching, organizing, and speaking out:

For the right to a healthy environment…

For the equal rights of women and girls…

To participate in decision-making…

And to express their opinions freely…

They are marching for their right to a future of peace, justice and equal opportunities.

Every single person is entitled to all rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural. Regardless of where they live. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, social origin, gender, sexual orientation, political or other opinion, disability or income, or any other status.

On this International Day, I call on everyone to support and protect young people who are standing up for human rights. [Ends]

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