New UN Publications: August 2018

Capture the moment.
WHO and UNICEF recommend that children initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life – meaning no other foods or liquids are provided, including water. This report presents the global situation of early initiation of breastfeeding and describes trends over the past ten years. The report also outlines key learnings from countries where rates of early initiation have improved or deteriorated and concludes with recommendations for policy and programmatic action.
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Publisher: WHO / UNICEF
ISBN: 978-92-806-4976-5


Climate Economy report 2018: Unlocking the inclusive growth story of the 21st century
We are entering a new era of economic growth. This Report is a roadmap for how we can accelerate action to turn better growth and a better climate into reality. This new growth story draws direction from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. It highlights opportunities in five key economic systems—energy, cities, food and land use, water, and industry – chosen because of their transformative importance in driving growth, meeting development objectives and supporting climate action. This new growth agenda will deliver higher productivity, more resilient economies and greater
social inclusion. This approach can deliver growth that is strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive.

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Publisher: WRI



Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: Global baseline report 2018.
The global effort to achieve sanitation and water for all by 2030 is extending beyond the household to include institutional settings, such as schools, healthcare facilities and workplaces. This has been reinforced by global education for all strategies highlighting how water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools improves access to education and learning outcomes, particularly for girls, by providing a safe, inclusive and equitable learning environment for all. This report is the first comprehensive global assessment of WASH in schools and establishes a baseline for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) period.

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Publisher: UNICEF / WHO


2018 Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The 2018 edition of the Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean, its seventieth issue, consists of three parts. Part I outlines the region’s economic performance in 2017 and analyses trends in the early months of 2018, as well as the outlook for the rest of the year. It examines the external and domestic factors that have influenced the region’s economic performance, analyses the characteristics of economic growth, prices and the labour market, and draws attention to some of the macroeconomic policy challenges of the prevailing external conditions, amid mounting uncertainty stemming mainly from political factors. Part II of this edition, which has three chapters, analyses the dynamics of investment and its determinants, with a view to identifying the different variables on which public policy can act to influence the trajectory of investment. 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 2017 and the first half of 2018, together with their respective statistical annexes.
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Publisher: UNECLAC



Progress on Transboundary Water Cooperation – Global baseline for SDG indicator.
The report is based on countries’ reports on SDG indicator 6.5.2, measuring transboundary water cooperation, for which UNECE and UNESCO are co-custodians. Out of the 153 countries sharing transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, 107 responded to the invitation to report. This very high response rate reflects the importance of the issue and provides a solid foundation for future reporting. The report shows that for the 62 countries where the SDG indicator 6.5.2 can be calculated only 59% of their transboundary basin area is covered by operational arrangements. And only 17 of those countries have all their transboundary basins covered. This falls far short of having all transboundary basins covered by operational arrangements by 2030, in line with the ambition set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Publisher: UN Water / UNECE / UNESCO



Turn the Tide: Refugee Education in Crisis.
This report tells the stories of some of the world’s 7.4 million refugee children of school age under UNHCR’s mandate. In addition, it looks at the educational aspirations of refugee youth eager to continue learning after secondary education and highlights the need for strong partnerships in order to break down the barriers to education for millions of refugee children. Education data on refugee enrolments and population numbers is drawn from UNHCR’s population database, reporting tools and education surveys and refers to 2017.The report also references global enrolment data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics referring to 2016.
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Publisher: UNHCR