New UN Publications: December 2019

“Global Humanitarian Overview 2020.”
In 2019, donors provided a record $16 billion for inter-agency appeals between January and November 2019. Yet, compliance with international law is declining. Armed conflicts are killing and maiming a record number of children. Women and girls are at higher risk of sexual and gender-based violence. One in five people living in conflict areas has a mental health condition. In 2020, nearly 168 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection. This represents one in about 45 people in the world, and is the highest figure in decades. The United Nations and partner organizations aim to assist nearly 109 million of the most vulnerable people. This will require funding of $28.8 billion.
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Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNOCHA
pp. 87

 

 

“Climate Action Report 2019.”
The Climate Action Report 2019 provides an overview of IFAD’s work on climate change and reports on progress, challenges and achievements in every work area where climate is accounted for within IFAD’s efforts towards improving the livelihoods of poor rural people. This year’s report highlights how climate change effects are considered and acted upon within the IFAD project cycle. It starts at the inception of developing country strategies and continues through the design, implementation and financing of projects to the assessment of impacts.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: IFAD
ISBN: 978-92-9072-956-3
pp. 89

 

 

“Emissions Gap Report 2019: Global progress report on climate action.”
The Emissions Gap Report 2019 shows that we are on the brink of missing the 1.5°C target and condemning humanity to a future of serious climate change impacts. Countries cannot wait until they submit their updated Paris pledges in one year’s time to act. They need to do much more, starting now. Cities, regions, businesses and individuals must all play their part too. We simply cannot afford inaction. For ourselves, for our countries, for our future.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNEP
ISBN: 978-92-807-3766-0
pp. 81

 

“World Malaria Report 2019.”
The World malaria report, published annually, provides a comprehensive update on global and regional malaria data and trends. The report tracks investments in malaria programmes and research as well as progress across all intervention areas: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and surveillance. It also includes dedicated chapters on malaria elimination and on key threats in the fight against malaria. The report is based on information received from national malaria control programmes and other partners in endemic countries.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WHO
ISBN: 978-92-4-156572-1
pp. 185

 

 

“Evaluation of UNHCR prevention of, and response to, SGBV in Brazil focusing on the Population of Concern from Venezuela.”
This report presents the findings of an evaluation of UNHCR’s Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) prevention and response activities for Venezuelan persons of concern in North Brazil from January 2017 to December 2018. The evaluation covers UNHCR’s SGBV programmes and activities in the State of Roraima, the city of Manaus as well as São Paulo, a city that received Venezuelan refugees as part of the internal relocation programme by the federal government. The report will show that SGBV programs and activities were largely focused on the population in shelters.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNHCR
pp. 116

 

 

“Drivers of Violence Against Adolescents in Myanmar: Consultations to inform adolescent programming.”
The Report is part of the Understanding Violence Against Adolescents in Myanmar Series which aims to contribute to this growing body of evidence to understand better why violence against children is happening and what is driving it. The Series draws data from both nationally representative data as is presented in this report and from the UNICEF-supported interventions where diverse information is being collected as part of programme monitoring. The Series attempts to give it a closer look at the data and information at hand and dig deeper the issue of violence against children in Myanmar. We hope to generate evidence, create deeper understanding of the issue and stimulate discussions – all to better inform programming to address violence against children in Myanmar.
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNICEF
pp. 64

 

 

 

“Handbook: Guidance on person-centred Assessment and Pathways in Primary Care.”
The Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) guidance for person-centred assessment and pathways in primary care (ICOPE Handbook) helps community health and care workers put the recommendations outlined in the ICOPE Guidelines into practice. The Handbook assists with setting person-centred goals, screening for loss in a range of domains of intrinsic capacity and assessing health and social care needs to develop a personalized care plan. The care plan may include multiple interventions to manage declines in intrinsic capacity, provide social care and support, support self-management and support caregivers. The domains of intrinsic capacity include cognitive decline, limited mobility, malnutrition, visual impairment, hearing loss and depressive symptoms.

Bibliographic info: 
Publisher: WHO
pp. 87

 

“2019 State of Climate Services: Agriculture and Food Security”
An inaugural report on the State of Climate Services highlights progress, opportunities and challenges in rolling out climate services such as seasonal forecasts, drought advisories and fire danger indices. The report focuses on agriculture and food security, one of countries’ top climate change adaptation priorities and given that progress towards tackling global hunger has recently been reversed. The report explains the role of climate services in informing decisions on when to plant and harvest, irrigate and fertilize and how to invest in drought resilient crops and livestock and more efficient irrigation systems.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WMO
ISBN: 978-92-63-11242-2 pp. 43

 

 

“Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 4, December 2019.”
World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 177.2 points over the month, up 2.7 percent from October and 9.5 percent from the same period a year earlier. While the cereal output of Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs) in Africa is expected to decline due to adverse weather that of LIFDCs in Asia is projected to increase, notably in Afghanistan and Syria.

Bibliographic info: 
Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-132019-8
pp. 44

 

 

“Trees, forests and land use in drylands: the first global assessment.”
According to the report, more than a quarter of the world’s forest area is located in drylands, and trees are present on almost a third of the world’s dryland regions. The results “demonstrate that drylands are not wastelands, but productive landscapes with considerable economic potential and environmental value.” Globally, about 18 percent of drylands are forest, just over half of which have canopy density above 70 percent, while barren land accounts for 28 percent, grassland 25 percent and cropland 14 percent. Trees are also present on drylands outside of forests, notably in Asia and Europe, and all told there are trees on some 2 billion hectares of drylands. The report offers detailed assessments broken out by region.
Bibliographic info: 
Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-131999-4
pp. 193

 

 

“Global Water Security Issues (GWSI) Case Studies: Water Security and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Water challenges are increasingly impacting every region around the world facing the effects of climate change, urbanization, as well as natural disasters. The report presents case studies on the on-going water-related challenges, the need to conduct extensive research on emerging and future global water security issues, document these studies and disseminate them. The Case Studies sheds lights on how the approaches to water security play important roles to achieve multiple priority development areas including climate action, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, national security, innovative technology, public health and well-being, clean water and sanitation, and enhancement of human integrity.

Bibliographic info: 
Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 978-89-98408-22-0 93300
pp. 148

 

 

“Measles clinical management guidelines (December 2019).”
Measles is a highly contagious acute viral infection. This guidance document is designed to support the clinical management of measles cases at all levels of the health-care system in the Pacific. In global immunization surveys, coverage for the second dose of measles-containing vaccine (MCV2) was 69%, with significant variability between regions. Measles cases in the current Pacific outbreaks have occurred because of importation by people infected while in other countries with measles outbreaks.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: WHO
pp. 18

 

 

“Preparing for the Next Tsunami: Reducing Losses and Damages in the Coastal Western Mediterranean Areas Summary Recommendations.”
Representatives of governmental, scientific and emergency management institutions from the Maghreb countries gathered in Rabat, Morocco, on the 15 and 16 November 2018 for a workshop on Preparing for the Next Tsunami: Reducing Losses and Damages in the Coastal Western Mediterranean Areas. The aim of the workshop was to present the development of the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAMTWS) as well as to discuss national tsunami hazard, risk, preparedness and mitigation in Maghreb/ISESCO countries.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNESCO
pp. [32]