New UN Publications: October 2018

The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition; State of World Population 2018.
Your choices can change the world. The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development. The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices. The report found that no country can claim that all of its citizens enjoy reproductive rights at all times. The unmet need for modern contraception prevents hundreds of millions of women from choosing smaller families. The report classifies all countries in the world by the current dynamics of their populations’ fertility. It also makes specific recommendations for policies and programmes that would help each country increase reproductive choices.

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Publisher: UNFPA
ISBN: 978-1-61800-032-3
pp. 152


World Economic and Social Survey 2018: Technologies for Sustainable Development.
The World Economic and Social Survey is the flagship publication on major development issues. This year’s survey presents a case for harnessing frontier technologies to achieve the shared vision of sustainable development. The survey highlights a few of the remaining challenges for the planet, people and prosperity to achieve sustainable development. It also discusses the promises and challenges of a few frontier technologies in developed country contexts while highlighting the development divide—particularly the technological divide—that many low-income and vulnerable countries face in adopting frontier technologies.

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Publisher: UN DESA
ISBN: 978-92-1-047224-1


The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018.
Jointly produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization, this report monitors progress towards the targets of ending hunger (SDG Target 2.1) and all forms of malnutrition (SDG Target 2.2) by 2030. The 2018 edition highlights emerging challenges to food and nutrition security, and issues an urgent appeal to scale up the resilience and adaptive capacity of communities facing climate variability.

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ISBN: 978-92-5-130571-3
pp. 183

Air Pollution and Child Health.
This report summarizes the latest scientific knowledge on the links between exposure to air pollution and adverse health effects in children. It is intended to inform and motivate individual and collective action by health care professionals to prevent damage to children’s health from exposure to air pollution. Air pollution is a major environmental health threat. Exposure to fine particles in both the ambient environment and in the household causes about seven million premature deaths each year. Ambient air pollution (AAP) alone imposes enormous costs on the global economy, amounting to more than US$ 5 trillion in total welfare losses in 2013.
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Publisher: WHO


Global Migration Indicators.
This report is based on data taken from IOM’s Global Mi – gration Data Portal which was launched in December 2017. The Portal aims to serve as a unique access point to timely, comprehensive migration statistics and reliable information about migration data globally. The site is designed to help policymakers, national statistics officers, journalists and the general public interested in the field of migration to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of international migration data, currently scattered across different organizations and agencies. The data presented in this report was compiled by the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migra – tion Data Analysis Centre and is scheduled to be regularly updated.

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Publisher: IOM
ISBN: 978-92-9068-772-6



The Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization: A Framework for Africa.
The publication, is a result of continuous and thorough discussions among high-level policymakers and experts of the AU Member States, the AUC, FAO and other partners in the fields of food and agriculture. It aims to inform policymakers and decision makers in the Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa, and the wider development community dealing with agricultural development, on the significance of mainstreaming sustainable agricultural mechanization in the overall national and regional agricultural development programmes.

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Publisher: FAO/AUC
ISBN: 978-92-5-130871-4



FAO Early Warning Early Action report on food security and agriculture Dec 2018.
The report provides a quarterly forward-looking analysis of major disaster risks to food security and agriculture, highlighting, highlighting: 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 in security. The report aims to prompt FAO and partners to proactively mitigate and/or prevent disasters before they start to adversely impact food security.

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Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-130963-6


15 Years in Afghanistan – A special report: 2003-2018.
This report reflects the highlights of the past 15 years of FAO programming in country. Agriculture is unarguably the backbone of Afghanistan. FAO has operated over 400 large and small projects in country, ranging from months long projects on backyard beekeeping, to decade-long projects on restoring irrigation infrastructure. With over 400 projects implemented in that time – on normative, development and resilience building – this report could not possibly detail them all.

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Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-130936-0



United Nations Development Assistance Framework Malawι 2019 – 2023.
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2019-2023 captures the agreement between the UN in Malawi and the Government of Malawi on selected areas of work that will be the basis of development cooperation over the next five years, and sets out the specific outcomes the UN and the Government of Malawi will together aim to achieve by 2023. The UNDAF incorporates the goals and principles that underpin Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The indicative resources required for the implementation of the UNDAF 2019-2023 are estimated at US$ 1,088,348,001.

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Publisher: UN Malawi/ Malawi Govt
pp. 67



Words into Action Guidelines: Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation.
The Words into Action (WiA) guidelines series aims to ensure worldwide access to expertise, communities of practice and networks of DRR practitioners. The guidelines offer specific advice on the steps suggested to implement a feasible and people-centered approach in accordance with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. While these guidelines are not meant to be exhaustive handbooks that cover each detail, those who need in-depth information will find references to other sources of information. In summary, the WiA guidelines are pragmatic roadmaps to programming an effective implementation strategy. This is facilitated by promoting a good understanding of the main issues, obstacles, solution finding strategies, resourcing and aspects for efficient planning.
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Publisher: UNISDR



Investing in Knowledge for Ending Child Marriage – Publications Catalogue 2016–2017.
The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage is turning commitments into tangible action for children. This publications catalogue showcases research that was produced or supported by the Global Programme in 2016 and 2017, across the 12 implementation countries and the four regions where these countries are located: Eastern and Southern Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and West and Central Africa. To learn more about the Global Programme, visit

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Focus on key populations in national HIV strategic plans in the African region.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines key populations as populations who are at higher risk for HIV irrespective of the epidemic type or local context and who face social and legal challenges that increase their vulnerability. WHO commissioned a review of the most recent national strategic plans of 47 countries in the WHO African Region for their coverage of key populations. This review sought to identify strengths, gaps and weaknesses in the way that that these plans consider key populations.
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Publisher: WHO