New UN Publications: December 2017

World Economic Situation & Prospects 2018.
The world economy has strengthened as lingering fragilities related to the global financial crisis subside. In 2017, global economic growth reached 3 per cent—the highest growth rate since 2011—and growth is expected to remain steady for the coming year. The improved global economic situation provides an opportunity for countries to focus policy towards longer-term issues such as low carbon economic growth, reducing inequalities, economic diversification and eliminating deep-rooted barriers that hinder development.

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Publisher: UNDESA
ISBN: 978-92-1-109177-9

The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world.
As the debate about whether the internet is safe for children rages, The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World discusses how digital access can be a game changer for children or yet another dividing line. The report represents the first comprehensive look from UNICEF at the different ways digital technology is affecting children, identifying dangers as well as opportunities. It makes a clear call to governments, the digital technology sector and telecom industries to level the digital playing field for children by creating policies, practices and products that can help children harness digital opportunities and protect them from harm.

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Publisher: UNICEF
ISBN: 978-92-806-4930-7
pp. 211

Blind Spot: Reaching out to men and boys – Addressing a blind spot.
Report shows that men are less likely to take an HIV test, less likely to access antiretroviral therapy and more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses than women. The Blind spot shows that globally less than half of men living with HIV are on treatment, compared to 60% of women. Studies show that men are more likely than women to start treatment late, to interrupt treatment and to be lost to treatment follow-up.

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Publisher: UNAIDS

Disability and HIV.
In This report highlights existing key evidence on the relationship between disability and HIV. It discusses the concrete steps needed for a person-centred, disability-inclusive HIV response that allows for increased participation of people with disabilities and integrates rehabilitation within the continuum of HIV care.

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Publisher: UNAIDS
pp. 24

Right to health.
Remarkable progress is being made on HIV treatment. Ahead of World AIDS Day, UNAIDS has launched a new report showing that access to treatment has risen significantly. In 2000, just 685 000 people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy. By June 2017, around 20.9 million people had access to the life-saving medicines. Such a dramatic scale-up could not have happened without the courage and determination of people living with HIV demanding and claiming their rights, backed up by steady, strong leadership and financial commitment.

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Publisher: UNAIDS

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017: Year-end Update.
The present report, the Year-end Update of the Survey for 2017, contains a further examination of the subject and analyses of the role of technology for better governance in fiscal management. In recognition of the sizeable financing gap between required and current investments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Update also provides a preliminary assessment of means for strengthening public finances and effectively leveraging the private sector. Before these issues are discussed, however, a detailed updated assessment of recent economic developments in Asia and the Pacific is provided as well as the various policy options that could improve economic, social and environmental prospects.

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Publisher: ESCAP
pp. 50

2017 Handbook of Statistics.
In The UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics was first launched in 1967. Over the past 50 years, the series has evolved to incorporate new statistics and ensure that readers have access to the best possible information available. The 2017 edition of the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics continues in this tradition of excellence and innovation. On the fiftieth anniversary of the first edition of the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics, UNCTAD is proud to launch this new, updated version. A new presentation style is designed to integrate the detailed and lengthy statistical time series available from the UNCTADstat data centre with summary tables, state-of-the-art charts, maps and modern infographics.

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Publisher: UNCTAD
ISBN: 978 92 1 112916 8
pp. 102

Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys in the Syria Crisis.
In UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, indicates that sexual violence and torture of men and boys in Syria by multiple parties to the conflict may be far more widespread than previously thought. UNHCR’s study involved several dozen informants and focus group discussions with some 196 refugees in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, mainly conducted in late 2016.

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Publisher: UNHCR

Danger in the air: How air pollution can affect brain development in young children.
Almost 17 million babies under the age of one live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially putting their brain development at risk, according to a new UNICEF paper released today. More than three-quarters of these young children – 12 million – live in South Asia. This report notes that breathing in particulate air pollution can damage brain tissue and undermine cognitive development – with lifelong implications and setbacks.

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Publisher: UNICEF

Water, crises and conflict in MENA.
This research has aimed to learn from experience in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region of responding to the impacts of conflicts and large population movements on water-supply systems. It seeks to analyses the resilience capacity of water utilities. The findings are based on the analysis of the information provided by selected key informants from 10 countries through 69 interviews and 19 questionnaires between October 2016 and March 2017. research demonstrates that to build short and long-term resilience, utilities need to break patterns of growing vulnerability. As such, they need to take into account pre-existing issues, and to consider future development.

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Publisher: UNICEF / IIED

Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission to Haiti.
An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) visited the country from 2 to 26 August 2017 to evaluate the food production for the 2017 spring season, which extends from March to August, and assess the food security situation. The Mission interviewed farmers about their perceptions regarding the harvest of the spring agricultural season. This was accomplished through focus group interviews across 70 communes, of 140 communes in total, across the ten departments of the country. The 2017 output remains significantly below the pre-El Niño period and food availability in the country continues to be sustained by imported goods and reductions of household stocks. After three years of erratic agricultural production, the high level of household debt and the depletion of assets continue to augment the number of structural issues that prevent the growth of the agricultural sector.

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Publisher: FAO/WFP
ISBN: 978 92 5 130079 4