New UN Publications: July 2018

The State of the World’s Forests 2018.
This edition of The State of the World’s Forests is aimed at enhancing our understanding of how forests and their sustainable management contribute to achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report identifies actions that can be taken to increase the contributions of forests and trees that are necessary to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. It is now critical that steps be taken to work more effectively with the private sector, and the informal forest sector must be transformed to bring broader economic, social and environmental benefits. For the first time, The State of the World’s Forests 2018 provides an assessment of the contribution of forests and trees to our landscapes and livelihoods. The purpose of this publication is to provide a much wider audience with an understanding of why forests and trees matter for people, the planet and posterity.
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Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-130561-4



2018 Report on the World Social Situation (RWSS).
The Report on the World Social Situation 2018 shows that each of these groups faces particular barriers to social protection coverage. It contends that inclusive social protection systems must guarantee access to a minimum set of tax-financed schemes. It explains why universal schemes are better at reaching disadvantaged groups than schemes targeted at them and considers how social protection programmes should be implemented in order to avoid excluding people in need.
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Publisher: UNDESA
e-ISBN: 978-92-1-361547-8



FAO Early Warning Early Action report on food security and agriculture.
The Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture through FAO provides a quarterly forward-looking analysis of major disaster risks to food security and agriculture. It highlights potential new emergencies resulting from imminent disaster threats; and new developments in countries already affected by protracted crises which are likely to cause a further deterioration of food insecurity.
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Publisher: FAO


Miles to go – Closing gaps; breaking barriers; righting injustices.
The number of AIDS-related deaths is the lowest this century, with fewer than 1 million people dying each year from AIDS-related illnesses. Three out of four people living with HIV now know their status. And 21.7 million people are on treatment. But children are being left behind. In 2017, 180,000 children became infected with HIV. Furthermore, stigma and discrimination still have terrible consequences. There is also funding crisis. At the halfway point to the 2020 targets, the pace of progress is not matching the global ambition. This report is a wake-up call—action now can still put us back on course to reach the 2020 targets.
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Publisher: UNAIDS



Implementing effective actions for improving adolescent nutrition.
This derivative guideline, is a summary of existing World Health Organization (WHO) evidence-informed guidelines specifically addressing malnutrition in all its forms in adolescents. Its emphasis lies on the implementation of nutrition-specific and nutrition sensitive interventions targeting adolescents.  This publication also presents sections on dissemination as well as on ethical and equity considerations, as summarized in the most recent reviews on these topics.
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Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978-92-4-151370-8
pp. 59



Nigeria: Displacement Tracking Matrix | DTM | Round 23 – June 2018.
In this report of the Round 23 Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) assessment by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) aims to improve the understanding about the scope of internal displacements, returns and the needs of affected populations in conflict-affected states of north-eastern Nigeria. The report covers the period of 28 May to 16 June, 2018 and reflects trends from the six states most affected by displacement: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.
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Publisher: IOM
pp. 26



Assessing the Evidence: Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Namibia.
Namibia is classified as one of the countries that is most vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards in the world. For the Namibian context, disasters refer to natural hazards such as floods, droughts, wildfires and sea-level rise, whereas conflict refers to social unrest and armed conflict. As a result, affected communities are forced to migrate in search for better livelihoods. In order to better understand MECC in Namibia; the assessment objectives included 1) To map and build evidence on the complex relationship between migration, environment and climate change and 2) To analyze existing policy frameworks and provide recommendations for the integration of migration.

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Publisher: IOM



Horn of Africa: Impact of Early Warning Early Action.
There’s evidence that the intensity and frequency of climate-driven natural disasters and conflicts is increasing. On the other hand, carefully-timed support also protects and empowers people the most, giving them the confidence to keep going or to resume their livelihoods. Early actions are varied and flexible. This study analyses the outcomes of early actions implemented in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in 2017, evaluating how effective they were in mitigating the impact of severe drought on vulnerable pastoralist livelihoods and quantifying the benefits generated through acting early.
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Publisher: FAO
pp. 25



Evaluation of WFP Policies on Humanitarian Principles and Access in Humanitarian Contexts.
The report describes the features of this evaluation of the World Food Programme (WFP) policies on humanitarian principles and access in humanitarian contexts, introduces the policies that are the subject of the evaluation, and discusses the context in which the policies are currently applied. The report further presents the findings on the quality of the policy documents and their implementation measures. Finally, it analyses factors that have affected these results.

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Publisher: WFP



The 72-hour Assessment Approach: A guide for vulnerability and spatial analysis in sudden-onset disasters.
Humanitarian actors on the ground must make immediate decisions on how much assistance to provide and where. They also need an assessment approach that is timely, maximizes what can be done in the pre-disaster preparedness phase and instill sufficient confidence in initiating the immediate emergency response based on initial estimates and assumptions. The 72-hour assessment approach aims to provide a good enough snapshot to fill the initial information vacuum in the first three days after a disaster based on the most recent available information and predisaster secondary data.
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Publisher: WFP



Delivering quality health services – A global imperative for universal health coverage.
As the countries commit to achieving universal health coverage, there is an imperative to deliberate focus on quality of health services. This involves providing effective, safe and people-centred services that are timely, equitable, integrated and efficient. For the first time ever, WHO, OECD and the World Bank joined efforts to produce a document – Delivering quality health services: A global imperative for universal health coverage – that describes the essential role of quality. Additionally, they make a call to action with a sense of urgency, as universal health coverage without quality of care is a job half done.
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Publisher: WHO / OECD / World Bank
ISBN: 978-92-64-30030-9



Be Bold, Think Big – Results Report 2017-2018: Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.
Change has surged at an exponential pace through Asia and the Pacific. But to continue advancing, this report demonstrates how far UNDP is already going in helping countries in Asia and the Pacific. It further illustrates how UNDP will embark on a new phase: the pursuit of transformative solutions that are sustainable and leave no one behind. UNDP is committed to the vision of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are bringing together people and ideas, resources and innovations.
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Publisher: UNDP



UN Women Annual Report 2017-2018.
The time is now! At a historic time when women’s activism is galvanized around #Metoo, #TimesUp and other movements, around the world UN Women supports women politicians, lawmakers, farmers, small business owners, civil society activists and many others to claim their rights and to be heard. This year’s annual report highlights some of the key results achieved in 2017–2018.
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Publisher: UN Women



UNHCR Public Health 2017 Annual Global Overview.
UNHCR and its partners continued to strive for a timely and robust public health response during refugee emergencies and ongoing operations. Strengthened weekly surveillance of health indicators during emergencies and monitoring of programs contributed to effective health interventions. Globally, the average under-five mortality rate was maintained at 0.4 per 1000 under five populations per month. This is in spite of large influxes of refugees from Myanmar, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, into the neighboring countries. It is recognized that there is underreporting of mortality to varying degrees and efforts are being made to improve this.
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Publisher: UNHCR



Young Persons with Disabilities: Global Study on Ending Gender-based Violence and Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
Globally, an estimated 180 to 200 million persons with disabilities are between the ages of 10 and 24. They are much more vulnerable to violence, including gender-based violence (GBV), and are less likely to attend school. To increase the visibility of young persons with disabilities to policymakers and advocates, this report provides an up-to-date analysis on the situation of young persons with disabilities; detailed assessment of legal, policy, and programming developments and specific good practices; and detailed policy and programming recommendations. This study documents where barriers to full inclusion of young persons with disabilities persist.
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Publisher: UNFPA
pp: 430



Women: At the heart of the HIV response for children.
Women not only bear the brunt of the HIV epidemic, they are also at the forefront of the HIV response. Yet the impact of the HIV epidemic on women and their contributions to countering it have often been unrecognized and underappreciated. Without any intervention, these women will be at higher risk of mortality and more likely to pass on the infection to their infants. More intensive and aggressive efforts are needed to benefit all children and adolescents worldwide.
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Publisher: Unicef
ISBN: 978-92-806-4970-3



United Nations improvised explosive device disposal standards.
The report is an essential guide for the conduct of IED (Improvised Explosive Device) threat mitigation activities, in particular, clearance and disposal, by those operating under the auspices of the United Nations. These IED Disposal Standards have been designed for the safe, effective-and efficient disposal of IEDs. They aim at ensuring uniformity and technical specificity related to the generation of an IED disposal capability.
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Publisher: UNMAS