New UN Publications: August 2017

Sustainable Energy for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.” VEF Forum 2017
The fifth Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017 was held from 9 to 12 May, 2017. The thematic focus of the Forum was “Sustainable Energy for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement”, with an emphasis on discussing and highlighting the importance of the linkages between climate and development as well as the synergies among the SDGs, and the importance of joint and integrated approaches for a successful implementation. The Forum also explored the role of innovation in opening up new avenues for achieving SDG 7 “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” and related SDGs.
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Publisher: UNIDO
pp. 32

Enhancing the Understanding of the Foreign Terrorist Fighters Phenomenon in Syria.
During the fourth biennial review of the Global Counter – Terrorism Strategy held in September 2014, Member States expressed concern at the growing phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) in Syria. As a result, the Secretary – General announced that the United Nations Centre for Counter – Terrorism (UNCCT) would, in cooperation with those Member States that wished to participate, gather information on the motivation of FTF s through direct interviews of returnees. By analysis of the results, the Secretary – General aimed to provide Member States with a stronger knowledge base from which to understand the phenomenon of FTFs, assess the risks they posed, and develop effective responses.
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Publisher: UNOCT
pp. 58

Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017: Dynamics of the current economic cycle and policy challenges for boosting investment and growth.
The 2017 edition of the Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean consists of three parts. Part I outlines the region’s economic performance in 2016 and analyses trends in the early months of 2017, as well as the outlook for the rest of the year. It also examines the external and domestic factors that have influenced the region’s economic performance and draws attention to some of the macroeconomic policy challenges of the prevailing external conditions, with a modest uptick in global economic growth and trade amid persistent uncertainty, especially in relation to political factors. The thematic section of this edition analyses the characteristics of the current economic cycle in the region (2009-2016) and contrasts it with the two preceding cycles (1990-2001 and 2002-2008). It also identifies and attempts to explain some of the determinants of the cycle and outlines possible strategies for regaining growth. Part III of this publication may be accessed on the website of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. It contains the notes relating to the economic performance of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016 and the first half of 2017, together with their respective statistical annexes.
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Publisher: ECLAC
pp. 206

Tyre City Profile 2017.
This report is part of UN-Habitat’s City Profiles formulated to offer a cross-sectoral perspective on urban vulnerabilities that will inform holistic and inclusive interventions by local authorities, humanitarian partners and others to respond to needs and alleviate poverty amongst host and displaced populations. It also aims at contributing to an analytical knowledge base that will facilitate nuanced medium to long term public sector planning and investment agendas. This report focuses on the city of Tyre and/or Sour which are used interchangeably. It is a harbour city well recognized for its mercantile activity throughout the Mediterranean since ancient Phoenician times.
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Publisher: UN Habitat
pp. 132

Impact Assessment of FDMA’s Cash Assistance on IDPs and Returnees in the FATA.
This report covers the impact of cash assistance program for the Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) and returnees of FATA. Evidence shows that well designed cash assistance program is cost effective, easy to implement, empowering and dignified for the affected population. The assessment of the cash assistance will reveal the expense priorities of recipient of the cash assistance, evaluate its impact on their socio-economic status, prices of commodities in the markets and changes if any in their spending habits. It will also ensure that the recommendations of the report are incorporated in any other such initiatives in future and documenting lesson learned.
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Publisher: UNOCHA
pp. 54