New UN Publications: September 2019

“Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 – The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development.”
The Global Sustainable Development Report reflects the universal, indivisible and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also seeks to strengthen the science-policy interface as an evidence-based instrument to support policymakers and other stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda across the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It highlights state-of-the-art knowledge for transformations towards sustainable development and identifies concrete areas where rapid, transformational change is possible. It uses the latest scientific assessments, evidence bases about good practices, and scenarios that link future trajectories to current actions to identify calls to action by a range of stakeholders that can accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNDESA
pp. 216

 

 

“Trends in Maternal Mortality (2000 -2017).”
This report presents global, regional and country-level estimates and trends for maternal mortality between 2000 and 2017. It provides the definitions of key terms and describes the key measures relevant to maternal mortality. It also describes in detail the methodology employed to develop the estimates and presents the estimates and trends at the global, regional and country levels.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978-92-4-151648-8
pp. 104

 

 

“Levels and Trends in Child Mortality – United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME), Report 2019.”
This report presents UNIGME’s latest estimates – through 2018 – of neonatal, infant and under-five mortality as well as mortality among children aged 5–14 years. It assesses progress in the reduction of child and young adolescent mortality at the country, regional and global levels, and provides an overview of the methods used to estimate the mortality indicators above.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UN IGME
pp. 50

“Youth in motion for climate action! A compilation of youth initiatives in agriculture to address the impacts of climate change.”
This publication highlights various access points for projects and initiatives that engage and mobilize young people. It focuses on climate-resilient capacity development, agricultural education, and entrepreneurial guidance to promote decent rural employment in agriculture, and platforms that create alliances and networks for stimulating climate action and exchanging information. It presents activities that have successfully reached youth. These activities include competitions, such as ‘hackathons’ and flagship educational products that support everyday climate action.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-131742-6
pp. 50

 

 

“Climate Change and Water UN-Water Policy Brief.”
Water management must play a central role in adapting to the worst effects of climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. The policy brief argues that there are significant co-benefits to managing climate and water in a more coordinated and sustainable manner. It highlights that climate change increases variability in the water cycle and makes extreme weather events more frequent, which threatens billions of people’s access to water and sanitation services and places huge stress on ecosystems.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UN Water
pp. 27

 

 

“Stronger collaboration, better health: global action plan for healthy lives and well-being for all.”
The overall objective of the Global Action Plan is to enhance collaboration among 12 global organizations engaged in health, development and humanitarian responses to accelerate country progress on the health-related SDG targets. The Plan presents a new approach to strengthening collaboration among and joint action by the organizations, building on an initial joint commitment. The Plan provides operational detail to guide implementation while also allowing flexibility for adjustment based on regular reviews of progress and learning from experience.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNFPA/UNDP/UNAIDS/WFP/UNICEF/UN Women
ISBN: 978-92-4-151643-3
pp. 104

 

 

“The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.”
The word “cryosphere” – from the Greek kryos, meaning cold or ice – describes the frozen
components of the Earth system, including snow, glaciers, ice sheets and ice shelves, icebergs and sea ice, ice on lakes and rivers as well as permafrost and seasonally frozen ground. The Summary for Policymakers presents the key findings of the Special Report, based on the assessment of the available scientific, technical and socio-economic literature relevant to the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WMO/ UNEP
pp. [1169]

 

 

“A World at Risk : Annual report on global preparedness for health emergencies – Global Preparedness Monitoring Board.”
The world is at acute risk for devastating regional or global disease epidemics or pandemics that not only cause loss of life but upend economies and create social chaos. The world requires determined political leadership to prepare for health threats at national and global levels. The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board calls for seven urgent actions to prepare the world for health emergencies.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WHO
pp. 36

 

 

“Resources Partnerships Impact – 2019.”
This Report is the 2nd edition of FAO’s resource mobilization annual report. It seeks to communicate, in a transparent and accountable way, who FAO is, what we do, and how we work with diverse United Nations and other partners to achieve our goals. FAO, together with its partners, tackles pressing and complex challenges every day – challenges calling for urgent actions that leverage FAO’s unique experience, knowledge and technical expertise.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-131564-4
pp. 136

 

 

“Country gender assessment of agriculture and the rural sector in Indonesia.”
Agriculture, as a vital sector of the Indonesian economy, provides income for the majority of Indonesian households today. Women are involved in all activities in the agricultural sector, yet, they are marginalized and often have little access to financial resources, knowledge and technology. The Indonesian National Medium-Term Development Plan 2015–2019 explicitly stipulated efforts towards equality in its principles. However, this Assessment still found certain inadequacies in gender mainstreaming in main ministerial strategic planning documents for 2015–2019. In order to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas, one of the ‘Nawacita’ pillars of the current Government of Indonesia (GoI) prioritizes periphery development, in which agriculture and rural development are vital.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-131816-4
pp. 62

 

 

“WASH in Health Care Facilities – UNICEF Scoping Study in Eastern and Southern Africa.”
Availability of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is essential to quality of care and infection prevention and control in health care facilities. As part of UNICEF’s Global WASH Strategy, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office conducted a regional scoping study and deep dive on the Enabling Environment for WASH services in Health Care Facilities across its 21 programming countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. The study forms part of evidence generation and knowledge sharing within the region. This report summarizes the findings of the study and consists of five main parts.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNICEF
pp. 59

 

 

“Guidelines for Adapting the Foundational Learning Module to Non-Multiple Indicator Cluster Household Surveys.”
Although access to education has increased globally over the past decades, disparities remain and many children in school struggle to achieve basic literacy and numeracy skills. UNICEF developed the Foundational Learning module, a new data collection tool in response to lacking and inconsistent data in the area of educational quality. It aims to improve the availability of statistical information on learning outcomes to inform both internationally harmonized monitoring and evidence-based, country level policymaking and programming. The module also provides data that are comparable over time and across countries.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNICEF
ISBN: 978-92-806-5007-5
pp. 69