New UN Publications: March 2019

“World Water Development Report (WWDR).”
The 2019 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2019) entitled ‘Leaving No One Behind’ seeks to inform policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, how improvements in water resources management and access to water supply and sanitation services are essential to overcoming poverty and addressing various other social and economic inequities. It was launched at the Human Rights Council, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Switzerland), on 19 March 2019.

Bibliographic info: 
Publisher: UNESCO / UN Water
ISBN: 978-92-3-100309-7
pp. 188



“Measuring progress towards achieving environmental dimension of the SDGs.”
The SDGs provide a framework which elaborates the global development agenda towards achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. This report provides an overview of the current state of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development based on the SDG indicators. This global SDG indicator framework provides information on the most pressing global issues identified by countries; however, it does not represent a complete list of all information that is needed. The data in this report is based on data from the Environment Live Global Database. For this publication, simple extrapolation procedures were used to estimate if the SDGs targets at the global and regional level would be met based on the current state of the SDGs indicators.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNEP
ISBN: 978-807-3750-9
pp. 129



“Gender and environment statistics: Unlocking information for action and measuring the SDGs.”
Just as women and men have different access to education, they also relate to the environment differently. The report shows exactly how environmental issues can impact women more severely. Understanding such links between the environment and gender is an essential first step to allowing all genders to contribute to and benefit from sustainable development. Furthermore, this report seeks to provide a framework to measure the nexus between gender and the environment. It proposes 18 gender-environment indicators for inclusion in the wider set of gender indicators, across various the focal areas. The report also proposes specific ways that the links between gender and environment could be considered in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNEP, IUCN
ISBN: 978-92-807-3732-5
pp. 145



“New Frontiers in Environmental Constitutionalism.”
Environmental constitutionalism examines the development, implementation and effectiveness of incorporating environmental rights, procedures, and policies into constitutions around the globe. Environmental constitutionalism, arguably owing its genesis to the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and 1966’s twin international covenants on Civil and Political and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, it entered the lexicon at 1972’s Stockholm Convention on the Human Environment. From modest beginnings, environmental constitutionalism has become a common if not constant consideration at international conferences, constitutional conventions, and academic symposia. But, there is a need to consider where environmental constitutionalism is headed next. Focusing on ‘new frontiers,’ it calls upon contributors to reckon creatively and seriously the challenges of environmental constitutionalism.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNEP
ISBN: 978-92-807-3670-0
pp. 328




“UN Environment (UNEP) 2018 Annual Report.”
The UN environment programme 4 year medium-term strategy for 2018-2021 served as a stepping stone towards a vision for 2030, which is for all people to live on a healthier planet. Although 2018 was a challenging year, we witnessed growing commitments and actions that innovatively tackle environmental challenges and grasp sustainable development opportunities. Over 81% of indicators have fully achieved the targets for 2018. This report also highlights best practices, advocated for action. It shows the use of tools and services by working through partners and leveraging the strengths of key actors.

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Publisher: UNEP
pp. 78




“Guidelines for Health Staff: Caring For Gender-based Violence Survivors – Including Protocol For Clinical Management of Rape.”
Gender-based violence, including rape is a problem throughout the world. The systematic use of sexual violence as a method of warfare is well documented and constitutes a grave breach of
international humanitarian law. This Guideline reflects internationally recognized WHO guidance as it applies to current cross-border operations. The protocol and guidelines are
part of a larger strategy to respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV).

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pp. 123




“Universal social protection for human dignity, social justice and sustainable development – Report III.”
More than half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health care and just 29 per cent have comprehensive social security coverage, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report on the implementation of social protection in more than 100 countries. Globally, only 68 per cent of persons of retirement age receive some form of pension, and in many low-income countries this drops to just 20 per cent. Fewer than 60 per cent of countries reported that they had schemes or benefits to ensure income security for children.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: ILO
ISBN: 978-92-2-131725-8
pp. 351



“30 innovations for Disaster Risk Reduction.”
This publication is a collection of 30 innovations including products and approaches which will contribute greatly to the world’s understanding of disaster risk and how it can be managed through the practical application of science and technology. These innovations can only make a difference if they are applied intelligently to improve the built environment around us. This publication hopes to support the development of localized innovations for reducing future disaster risks, providing increasingly effective and prompt responses, promoting “build back better” in the recovery stage, and building disaster-resilient communities.

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Publisher: UNISDR
pp. 80




“A Heavy Burden: The Indirect Cost of Illness in Africa.”
We know that good health contributes to improvements in development outcomes. Evidence indicates that countries will need spend on average US$ 271 per capita to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). What has not yet been clearly synthesized is the impact of ill-health on development outcomes. This report is an attempt to address this gap in the evidence. If the Region fails to achieve UHC, it will suffer a loss of about 2.4 trillion international dollars annually. The results in the report are presented by country, by regional economic group and by income group.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WHO
pp. 26