New UN Publications: August 2019

“UN Climate Change Annual Report 2018.”
With the adoption of the Katowice climate package at COP 24, the world entered a new era in its collective efforts to address climate change. This Report illustrates the key achievements of the UNFCCC process and the activities of the secretariat, particularly their impact in relation to the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. The report also summarizes the outcomes of COP and provides a look at the years ahead.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNHCR
ISBN: 978-92-9219-184-9
pp. 58



“National systems to support drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene – Global status report 2019.”
After four years of SDG implementation, globally, over 2 billion people still rely on unsafe water, and 4.2 billion use sanitation facilities that allow their excreta to leak untreated into the environment. Many of the 115 countries and territories surveyed by the 2018/2019 UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) survey are taking steps to achieve SDG 6. About half of them have set targets that aim for universal WASH coverage by 2030, and there are numerous examples of governments specifically targeting open defecation, which will have a dramatic impact on public and environmental health.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WHO / UN Water
ISBN: 978-92-4-151629-7
pp. 121



“MENA Generation 2030 – Investing in children and youth today to secure a prosperous region tomorrow.”
This report aims to provide an in-depth analysis of demographic projections for children, adolescents and youth in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region 5 highlighting the significant changes and exploring their implications for policy-making and programming in the areas of health, protection, education, transition to employment, civic engagement and the empowerment of girls and women in the region.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNICEF
pp. 110


“Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems – SUMMARY.”
This Special Report on Climate Change and Land1 responds to the Panel decision in 2016 to
prepare three Special Reports during the Sixth Assessment cycle, taking account of proposals
from governments and observer organizations. This report addresses greenhouse gas (GHG)
fluxes in land-based ecosystems, land use and sustainable land management in relation to climate change adaptation and mitigation, desertification, land degradation and food security. This report also follows the publication of other recent reports, including the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WMO / UNEP
pp. 43



“The Work of the World Health Organization in the African Region: Report of the Regional Director, 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019.”
This report outlines the significant results achieved by WHO in the African Region guided by the Twelfth General Programme of Work (2014–2019). These results reflect the contributions of WHO country offices, the Regional Office, including intercountry support teams, and WHO headquarters, in collaboration with Member States and partners, in supporting health development in the WHO African Region. Achievements in Africa include increase in life expectancy by 9.4 years, double the global average. Furthermore, millions of cases and deaths from HIV, malaria and TB have been averted and has not experienced poliovirus since August 2016.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WHO
pp. 64



“Teaching About Refugees – Guidance on working with refugee children struggling with stress and trauma.”
The school and most importantly the relationships formed at school can be an incredibly stabilizing, positive and nurturing experience in a child’s or a student’s life. This document deals with stress and trauma related behaviours in refugee children. It aims to help teachers understand how stress and trauma can affect refugee children and students, and to give some tips and advice to teachers on how to successfully include children and students who suffer from stress and trauma in their classrooms.

Bibliographic info: 
Publisher: UNHCR
pp. 40



“Overview of 15 Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration – As of May 2019.”
Today some 2.6 million Afghan refugees are displaced globally. For nearly four decades millions of Afghans have sought protection from conflict and persecution and found temporary solutions in neighbouring countries. UNHCR Afghanistan has identified 15 priority areas based on government planning in the area, including the Citizen’s Charter National Priority Programme, high number of returnees they have absorbed, or because of a range of protection needs the communities may have.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNHCR
pp. 48