New UN Publications: March 2018

Global education monitoring report gender review 2018: Meeting our commitments to gender equality in education.
Signing up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commits countries to leave no one behind. The Gender Review looks at who should be called to account when gender inequality in education prevails. The review’s first part examines disparities in participation and skills, in education and political leadership positions, and in selected aspects of infrastructure and curricula. It also examines gender issues in professional development by exploring the role of education in three other SDGs: those concerning agriculture, health, and water and sanitation. The second part of the review analyses institutions, laws and policies to explore ways to determine and enforce accountability for gender equality in education.

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Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 978-92-3-100265-6
pp. 69


Words into Action guideline: Implementation guide for local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies.
This Guide responds to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015- 2030 (Sendai Framework) concern that more dedicated action needs to be focused on tackling underlying disaster risk drivers and strengthening good governance in disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies, at all levels and across sectors and actors. The Guide advises local governments (authorities, planners and managers at city or other sub-national levels) on the mechanisms for developing and implementing a holistic and integrated DRR strategy that contributes to building resilience at the local level. It outlines what a local DRR and resilience strategy should look like, and what is needed to create and implement one.

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Publisher: UNISDR
pp. 92



Global Report on Food Crises 2018.
In 2017, almost 124 million people across 51 countries and territories faced Crisis levels of acute food insecurity or worse. When comparing the 45 countries, there has been an increase of 11 million people in need of urgent action, an 11 percent rise from 2016. Extreme climate events – mainly drought – were also major triggers of food crises in 23 countries with over 39 million food-insecure people in need of urgent assistance in 2017. The short-term outlook for 2018 suggests conflict will also remain a primary driver of food insecurity in major emergencies. A comparison of 2016 and 2017 shows that more people need support and for longer periods. Young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women are extremely vulnerable in emergencies and their nutritional status must be protected to prevent malnutrition and guarantee survival.

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Publisher: WFP
pp. 202

World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision – Key Findings and Advance Tables.
People and therefore populations are at the centre of sustainable development and will be influential in the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2017 Revision of the World Population Prospects is the twenty-fifth round of official United Nations population estimates and projections, which have been prepared since 1951 by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The 2017 Revision builds on previous revisions by incorporating additional results from the 2010 and 2020 rounds of national population censuses as well as findings from recent specialized sample surveys from around the world. The 2017 Revision provides a comprehensive set of demographic data and indicators to assess population trends at the global, regional and national levels and to calculate many other key indicators commonly used by the United Nations system.

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Publisher: UN DESA



Protecting people and animals from disease threats.
Animals and humans are living in closer proximity than ever before due to urbanization, deforestation, climate change, population growth, increases in mobility, and the intensification of the livestock industry. This means that diseases that jump from animals to humans (zoonoses) are on the rise and can spread in a matter of hours or days. The most damaging outbreaks of high impact diseases in recent decades have had an animal source, including H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza, H1N1 pandemic influenza and Ebola.

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Publisher: FAO
pp. 30



FAO and Cash+: How to maximize the impacts of cash transfers.
FAO defines Cash+ as an intervention that combines cash transfers with productive assets, inputs, and/or technical training and activities to enhance the livelihoods and productive capacities of poor and vulnerable households. FAO promotes the use and scale up of Cash+ as a tool for emergency response, strengthening resilience and reducing rural poverty. Cash+ is a tool for quick-impact humanitarian response and recovery as well as serving as a component of long-term social protection and resilience programmes.

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Publisher: FAO
pp. 23



Strengthening Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in Arab Countries.
Arab countries are committed to improving the situation of persons with disabilities. However, implementing legislation and realizing ambitions often proves challenging. The report focuses on disability rights and the 2030 Agenda. Statistics indicate that there are considerable differences in disability prevalence between Arab countries It also concerns social protection since data on social protection coverage of persons with disabilities is largely lacking, and when it is available it is frequently hard to interpret.

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Publisher: ESCWA
pp. 75



Cook Islands: Country Preparedness Package.
The Country Preparedness is intended to strengthen preparedness and collaboration between national and international actors in disaster response. Through the process, national actors become more aware of international tools and services and how they can be activated. The completed CPP outlines existing national structures and the agreed plans for utilizing international support during a disaster This will enable a more ‘demand-driven’ response, tailored to the specific context.

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Asia-Pacific Progress in Sustainable Energy: A Global Tracking Framework 2017 Regional Assessment Report.
Asia-Pacific Progress in Sustainable Energy report is developed by ESCAP in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank. It offers an evidence-based look at progress at the regional and country levels, providing an overview of long-term trends since 1990, and focuses on progress achieved in the most recent period, 2012–2014. Furthermore, in the report, the key drivers behind progress are reviewed, and major challenges in achieving energy access, efficiency, and renewable energy objectives are identified. The Asia-Pacific report is built upon this global tracking framework report to offer expanded and more in-depth analysis and to provide a comprehensive view of progress in regional and national contexts. A strong focus is also placed on examining national policy frameworks and offering case studies to illustrate national approaches to common challenges faced by countries advancing the sustainable energy agenda.

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Publisher: ESCAP
ISBN: 978-92-1-362960-4
pp. 100



Iraq: 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan.
The 2018 Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) has been developed to target populations in critical need throughout Iraq but does not cover the refugee response in Iraq. This is led by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and covered in the 2018-2019 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP). In an effort to present a comprehensive overview of the humanitarian situation in Iraq, refugee needs and representative response actions are referenced in relevant sections in this report. As many as two million displaced Iraqis are likely to return to their homes during 2018. Although, even the conflict has ended, multiple, unpredictable volatile dynamics are expected to continue throughout 2018.

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Publisher: UNOCHA
pp. 87



A lifeline to learning: Leveraging technology to support education for refugees.
The issue of provision of education and related services for refugees is complex and multifaceted. With a record number of 65 million individuals who were forcibly displaced worldwide in 2016. The report focuses on persons who have been forced to leave their country to escape war, persecution or natural disaster and who experience learning during a variety of phases. In this report, the analysis of mobile learning projects and practices is structured alongside ten education-related challenges. It shows that mobile solutions play a key role in refugees’ informal learning. The findings also indicate that digital technologies that capture and analyses education data can play an essential role in improving basic operational, planning and controlling functions in education systems in refugee and crisis settings.

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Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 978-92-3-100262-5
pp. 99