New UN Publications: May 2019

“2018 Near East and North Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition: Rural Transformation – Key for Sustainable Development in the Near East and North Africa.
Hunger is worsening in the Near East and North Africa region, continuing a trend since 2011–2013. This report explores the relationships between food insecurity, economic growth and rural transformation. A review of SDG 2 indicators in the NENA countries reveals that improvements in hunger, food security and nutrition are positively associated with the degree of rural transformation. This year’s Regional Overview brings into focus how policies aimed at rural transformation can potentially lead to higher levels of agricultural production, better food security and nutrition outcomes, and reinvigorated labour intensive growth of the economy

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-131348-0
pp. 67

 

 

“Socioeconomic and Data challenges Disaster Risk Reduction in Europe.”
There are key elements in Disaster risk reduction that play a major role: the need to ensure stakeholders interoperability through an efficient exchange of data, and; the inclusion of socioeconomic factors which may influence disaster risk reduction processes. This report would support national authorities and DRR stakeholders in the continued implementation of the Sendai Framework. Based on national briefs, surveys and interviews, the report stresses the following recommendations for public authorities and relevant stakeholders

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNDRR
pp. 31

 

 

 

“Food Outlook – Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, May 2019.”
Food markets in 2019/20 are bracing for some additional uncertainties. Although, prospects point to generally well supplied markets, which is seen to contribute to a lower food import bill in 2019.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-131448-7
pp. 156

 

“Afghanistan’s Fight against Corruption: From Strategies to Implementation (May 2019).”
In 2018 and early 2019, Afghanistan continued to pursue the implementation of anti-corruption reforms. While implementation challenges remain, the reform efforts have come a long way. The creation of institutions and adoption of laws and strategies are clear signs of commitment, implementing strategies and operationalizing institutions to consistently produce desired outputs. The civil society also continued to play a major role in monitoring, advancing and advising on anti-corruption reforms.

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Publisher: UNAMA
pp. 79

 

 

 

“Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments Synthesis and Analysis Report 2019.”
In 2018 alone, more than 60 million people were affected by natural hazards. On average, more than 200 million people were affected and almost 70,000 lives were lost every year from 2000 to 2018. The Sendai Framework established that States have the primary responsibility for disaster risk reduction, but it also underlines that the responsibility is shared with all stakeholders. This report focuses on: why commitments are important; where they are being carried out and what are their contributions to implementing the Sendai Framework. The report concludes by identifying good practices, challenges and next steps.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNDRR
pp. 85

 

 

 

“Regional Guide for Schools to Prepare for Tsunamis.”
In the last 50 years alone there have been 37 deadly tsunamis or approximately one deadly tsunami every 1.5 years. Seventy-six per cent of tsunamis that have occurred took place in the Pacific Ocean and its marginal seas. Tsunami awareness and preparedness are key to mitigate the impact of tsunamis and prevent loss of lives and property. The Regional Guide is intended to provide practical guidance to school administration on how to prepare for and respond to a tsunami risk. The Seven Steps are based on the technical expertise of internationally reputed agencies that UNDP partnered with for this project.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNDP
pp. 50