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

Culture: Urban Future.
The Report analyzes the situation, threats and opportunities in different regional contexts, and presents a global picture of tangible and intangible urban heritage conservation and safeguarding, along with the promotion of cultural and creative industries, as a basis for sustainable urban development. It also highlights the conservation and tourist management challenges facing urban areas inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, which make up nearly one-third of the 1,052 sites on the List.
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Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 978-92-3-100170-3
pp. 303

Poverty & Death Disaster and Mortality 1996-2015.
Sustainable development is a matter of life and death. That’s the only conclusion that can be reasonably drawn from any examination of mortality trends from major disasters over the last twenty years. The statistics speak volumes about inequality and the disproportionate price that poor people living in low- and middle-income countries pay in terms of human suffering as a result of earthquakes and climate-related hazards. This report hopes to increase efforts to address risk and reduce the impact of climate change and rapid urbanization, and also boost efforts to increase investment in early warning systems, safe schools and health facilities, disaster-resilient housing and work places.
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Publisher: UNISDR, CRED

Guidance on protecting people from disasters and environmental change through planned relocation.
Determining when to relocate at-risk populations in order to protect them and to mitigate displacement will vary from context to context, depending on the nature of the hazard or environmental change and social, political, and economic factors. This Guidance on Planned Relocation therefore sets out general principles to assist States and other actors faced with the need to undertake “Planned Relocation” This Guidance will be accompanied by a set of Operational Guidelines, to be developed in 2015-2016 which will include specific measures and examples of good practices to assist States in translating these general principles into concrete laws, policies, plans, and programmes.
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Publisher: UNHCR

Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases.
The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non communicable Diseases 2013–2020 proposes that “as appropriate to national context,  countries consider the use of economic tools that are justified by evidence, and may include taxes and subsidies, to improve access to healthy dietary  choices and create incentives for behaviors associated with improved health outcomes and discourage the consumption of less healthy options”.
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Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978 92 4 151124 7

Strategic review of food security and nutrition in Bangladesh.
Food security and adequate nutrition are among the basic needs of every human being. According to the joint study, undernutrition already costs Bangladesh more than US$1 billion in lost productivity every year and even more in health costs. This strategic review is intended to strengthen the efforts of the government in this regard. In so doing, the review takes a medium-term perspective consistent with the timeframe of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are meant to be achieved by the year 2030.
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Publisher: WFP
ISBN: 978-984-34-1041-2
pp. 78

Promoting transparency through information: A global review of school report cards.
Several studies conducted over the last two decades have emphasized the negative impact of corruption on the economic, social, and political development of countries. Corruption increases transaction costs, reduces the efficiency of public services, distorts the decision-making process, and undermines social values. Studies have also shown a strong correlation between corruption and poverty: Statistical regressions suggest that an improvement in the ‘control of corruption’ indicator by one standard deviation (two points) is associated with an increase of some $11,000 in GDP per capita (Sturm, 2013, in OECD, 2015). Moreover, corruption tends to contribute to the reinforcement of inequities by placing a disproportionate economic burden on the poor and limiting their access to public services
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Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 978-92-803-1404-5
pp. 151

Global report on access to hepatitis C treatment – Focus on overcoming barriers.
This is the first-ever global report on treatment access to hepatitis C medicines. The report provides the information that countries and health authorities need to identify the appropriate HCV treatment, and procure it at affordable prices. The report uses the experience of several pioneering countries to demonstrate how barriers to treatment access can be overcome.
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Publisher: WHO

Policy on Cash-Based Interventions (CBI’s).
This introduced herewith to expand and systematise the use of CBIs as a modality of assistance and service delivery across the organization and its operations worldwide. The Policy reconfirms UNHCR’s commitment to the increased use of CBIs and sets out the corporate vision and objectives to be achieved by 2020.
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Publisher: UNHCR
pp. 12