New UN Publications: November 2019

“World Migration Report 2020.”
The World Migration Report 2020, the tenth in the world migration report series, has been produced to contribute to increased understanding of migration throughout the world. This new edition presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues, and is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers: Part I: key information on migration and migrants (including migration-related statistics); and Part II: balanced, evidence-based analysis of complex and emerging migration issues.

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Publisher: IOM
ISBN: 978-92-9068-789-4
pp. 475



“Parliaments as partners supporting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.”
The women, peace and security agenda remain critically important in a world that grapples with complex conflict. Women suffered a range of harms, from sexual and gender-based violence inflicted by combatants, to the loss of their spouses and families, to the loss of their livelihoods and personal autonomy. The participation of parliaments in efforts to support the women, peace and security agenda has been variable, with many parliaments either unaware of or uninvolved in national implementation efforts. This Handbook seeks to provide guidance to parliamentarians on their role in supporting the UNSCR 1325 agenda.

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Publisher: UNDP
pp. 51



“Addressing Climate-Fragility Risks.”
This climate-fragility risks guidance note seeks to inform the development and implementation of strategies, policies, or projects that seek to build resilience by linking climate change adaptation, peacebuilding, and sustainable livelihoods. It recommends a two-step approach to build resilience to climate-fragility risks. Throughout the note, checklists and guiding questions help readers put these concepts and approaches into action. In addition, a separate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) note provides guidance for measuring the effectiveness of these efforts; and a toolbox lists further reading and additional tools.

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Publisher: UNEP
pp. [70]



“Technologies for Climate-Resilient Smallholder Agriculture: Sharing practices from Brazil with Africa.”
Over 70 per cent of the world’s poorest people – 1.4 billion women, children and men – live in rural areas and greatly depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods. In this light, we will tap the potential for agricultural technology transfer and adaptation between Brazil and Africa, due to their similar environmental, climate and social conditions. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) commissioned the present catalogue with the goal of mapping good technologies and management practices in order to promote climate change adaptation and mitigation for smallholder agriculture in Africa. The report showcases both technologies and providers, presenting 11 case studies in which technologies were used in smallholder farming in Brazil in line with all the 17 SDGs.

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Publisher: IFAD
ISBN: 978-92-9072-955-6
pp. 69



“Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: An Essential Element of Universal Health Coverage.”
The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 provided an opportunity to complete the unfinished business of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action and also a chance to commit to a forward-looking sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and targets by 2030. This background document for the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 was conceived from the international commitments of several governments and organizations and in the context of the adoption of the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting on universal health coverage (A/74/RES/2) in 2019. Its purpose is to define and describe the key components of a comprehensive life course approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Furthermore, the ambition is to describe how countries can move towards universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as an essential part of universal health coverage and to provide inspiring examples from countries that have moved in this direction.

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Publisher: UNFPA
pp. 44




“Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains.”
By adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global community has committed to end child labour by 2025 and forced labour and human trafficking by 2030. To achieve SDG target 8.7, governments, business, the financial sector and civil society must take strong action to address the root causes and determinants of these human rights violations. This report presents the joint research findings and conclusions on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking linked to global supply chains. The report seeks to inform public and business policies and practices in order to prevent child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains, and to protect its victims. It also recognizes the multidimensional nature of these violations and the smart policy mix necessary to address them.

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ISBN: 978-92-2-133700-3
pp. 102



“FAO + Switzerland: An innovative partnership for global challenges.”
FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Since 1946, Switzerland has been among the Organization’s foremost partners, cooperating in a vast range of fields in support of shared goals. The resources provided to FAO by Switzerland are a significant contribution not only to progressing towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and SDG2 in particular, but also to improving the way we get there, as required by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Publisher: FAO
pp. 46




“Opium poppy cultivation and sustainable development in Shan State, Myanmar 2019.”
About one in nine households in Shan State were directly involved in opium poppy cultivation in 2018, a similar situation to 2016. This means opium poppy continues to be an integral part of the state’s economy. This report draws on more than 1,500 households interviewed, as well as interviews with the headmen in 599 villages. The research reveals that villages where opium poppy is cultivated have lower levels of development than other villages. Disparities are most noticeable with regards to security, environment, job opportunities and infrastructure and there is a broad link between levels of development and poppy cultivation.

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Publisher: UNODC
pp. 92




“Investment case for vaccine-preventable diseases surveillance in the African Region 2020-2030.”
The investment case for vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) surveillance is a high-level framework applicable to all countries in the African region. It creates an overview of the situation on a continental scale, to understand the overarching challenges, to assess the maturity of African countries’ VPD surveillance systems using standardized methodology, and to establish the investments and benefits expected from strengthening these systems. Finally, it defines a shared vision for VPD surveillance in Africa for 2030.

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Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978-929023438-8
pp. 49



“Realising the Multiple Benefits of Climate Resilience and Inclusive Development in Informal Settlements.”
This report explores how upgrading informal settlements can simultaneously help in achieving climate resilient, inclusive and low carbon development leading to multiple benefits. Upgrading is a process of improving living conditions in informal settlements, often by providing shelter and services while supporting economic development via stronger links with the ‘formal’ city. Interventions can range in scale and levels of community participation, and they may vary in scope from single-sector projects (e.g. water-taps, electrification) to multi-sectoral programmes. Along with analysing the benefits of key upgrading actions, the report offers a case study of a holistic intervention currently planned in Nairobi’s informal settlement of Mukuru.

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Publisher: UN Habitat
pp. 62