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

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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

 

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New UN Publications: April 2019

Health, rights and drugs Harm reduction, decriminalization and zero discrimination for people who use drugs.
People who use drugs have been the biggest casualties of the global war on drugs This report shows that people who use drugs are still being left behind.  Between 2011-2017, there has been no decrease in the annual number of new HIV infections among people who inject drugs. This is a problem that has a clear solution: harm reduction. There is compelling and comprehensive evidence that harm reduction improves the health of people who inject drugs.  UNAIDS calls on countries to end the divide on drug use and use stronger commitments for a human rights-based, people centered and public health approach.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNAIDS
pp. 65

 

 

 

Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2019.
In their 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report, the international organizations find some good news: investment has gained strength in some countries and interest in sustainable investing is growing, with 75 per cent of individual investors showing interest in how their investments affect the world.

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Publisher: UNESCAP
ISBN: 978-92-1-101404-4
pp. 177

 

 

 

Global Nutrition Cluster Annual Report 2018: Achievements, Key Challenges and Ways Forward – January to December 2018.
In 2018, the GNC continued with the implementation of the 2017- 2018 work plan to achieve the three strategic priorities and two supporting objectives of the 2017-2020 GNC Strategy. The first strategic priority concerns GNC support to coordination platforms to fulfill their role before, during and after a humanitarian response. Despite the funding constraints, the GNC-CT managed to provide remote support to 24 country-level coordination platforms. In addition, three field missions were conducted to Bangladesh, Ethiopia and North Eastern Nigeria. The GNC also successfully organized global partner calls on Yemen, South Sudan, Niger, Ethiopia and DRC.

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Publisher: UNICEF
pp. 46

 

New UN Publications: March 2019

“World Water Development Report (WWDR).”
The 2019 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2019) entitled ‘Leaving No One Behind’ seeks to inform policy and decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, how improvements in water resources management and access to water supply and sanitation services are essential to overcoming poverty and addressing various other social and economic inequities. It was launched at the Human Rights Council, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Switzerland), on 19 March 2019.

Bibliographic info: 
Publisher: UNESCO / UN Water
ISBN: 978-92-3-100309-7
pp. 188

 

 

“Measuring progress towards achieving environmental dimension of the SDGs.”
The SDGs provide a framework which elaborates the global development agenda towards achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. This report provides an overview of the current state of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development based on the SDG indicators. This global SDG indicator framework provides information on the most pressing global issues identified by countries; however, it does not represent a complete list of all information that is needed. The data in this report is based on data from the Environment Live Global Database. For this publication, simple extrapolation procedures were used to estimate if the SDGs targets at the global and regional level would be met based on the current state of the SDGs indicators.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNEP
ISBN: 978-807-3750-9
pp. 129

 

 

“Gender and environment statistics: Unlocking information for action and measuring the SDGs.”
Just as women and men have different access to education, they also relate to the environment differently. The report shows exactly how environmental issues can impact women more severely. Understanding such links between the environment and gender is an essential first step to allowing all genders to contribute to and benefit from sustainable development. Furthermore, this report seeks to provide a framework to measure the nexus between gender and the environment. It proposes 18 gender-environment indicators for inclusion in the wider set of gender indicators, across various the focal areas. The report also proposes specific ways that the links between gender and environment could be considered in the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Publisher: UNEP, IUCN
ISBN: 978-92-807-3732-5
pp. 145

 

 

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New UN Publications: February 2019

World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019 (WESO).
This report provides an overview of global and regional trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation, productivity, as well as employment status, informal employment and working poverty. It also examines income and social developments, and provides an indicator of social unrest. A key finding is that poor job quality is a prime concern for the most of the global labour force. In addition, unemployment and labour underutilization remain high in many countries, despite improvements in recent years. The report also takes stock of progress with respect to targets for Sustainable Development Goal 8, which has been slower than anticipated.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: ILO
ISBN: 978-92-2-132952-7
pp. 121

 

 

World Youth Report on Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Activity.”
The World Youth Report on “Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, prepared by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), examines the mutually supportive roles of the new agenda and current youth development efforts. The report provides insight into the role of young people in sustainable development in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related frameworks, in particular, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and the World Programme of Action for Youth.

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Publisher: UNDESA
ISBN: 978-92-1-130349-0
pp. 235

 

 

Strengthening the Rule of Law through Education: A Guide for Policymakers.”
The new joint publication by UNESCO and UNODC Strengthening the Rule of Law through Education: A Guide for Policymakers explores the role that education institutions can play in promoting the rule of law and building new forms of engagement based on global citizenship, human rights and inclusion — all of which are vital to take forward the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Publisher: UNESCO, UNODC
ISBN: 978-92-3-100308-0
pp. 64

 

 

 

Global Health Financing.”
The 2018 global health financing report presents health spending data for all WHO Member States between 2000 and 2016 based on the SHA 2011 methodology. It shows a transformation trajectory for the global spending on health, with increasing domestic public funding and declining external financing. This report also presents, for the first time, spending on primary health care and specific diseases and looks closely at the relationship between spending and service coverage.

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Publisher: WHO
pp. 49

 

 

 

UN Secretary-General’s Message for International Day of UN Peacekeepers, 29 May 2019

Today we honor more than one million men and women who have served as United Nations peacekeepers since our first mission in 1948.

We remember the more than 3,800 personnel who paid the ultimate price.

And we express our deepest gratitude to the 100,000 civilian, police and military peacekeepers deployed around the world today, and to the countries that contribute these brave and dedicated women and men.

This year, the United Nations marks 20 years since the Security Council first mandated a peacekeeping mission to protect civilians.

Peacekeepers protect men, women and children from violence every day, often at great personal risk.

In that same spirit, on this International Day, the Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage is being awarded for the first time.

We pay tribute to Private Chancy CHITETE, a Malawian who served in the Democratic Republic of Congo and died trying to save the life of a fellow peacekeeper.

UN peacekeeping is a vital investment in global peace and security.

But it requires strong international commitment.

That is why we launched the “Action for Peacekeeping” initiative, which aims to make our missions stronger, safer and fit for the future.

For millions in conflict-affected situations around the world, peacekeeping is a necessity and a hope. Let us work together to make peacekeeping more effective in protecting people and advancing peace.

Thank you.

2019 Theme: “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”

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UN Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day of Biological Diversity, 22 May 2019

From individual species through entire ecosystems, biological diversity is vital for human health and well-being.  The quality of the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe all depend on keeping the natural world in good health.  We need healthy ecosystems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to address climate change: they can provide 37 per cent of the mitigation needed to limit global temperature rise.

Yet the world’s ecosystems face unprecedented threats.  An alarming and authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services reveals that nature is declining at rates never seen before in all of human history.  Since 1990, Earth has lost 28.7 million hectares of forests that help to absorb harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.  One million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction and more than 90 per cent of marine fish stocks are in decline or overfished.

The impacts on people around the world will be grave.  Current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems are projected to undermine progress towards 80 per cent of the targets for the Sustainable Development Goals.  We simply cannot allow this to happen.

This year’s International Day highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health.  The world’s current food system is increasingly broken.  Billions of people lack access to proper nutrition.  Approximately one third of what is produced is lost or wasted.  The ways in which we grow, process, transport, consume and waste food are leading causes of biodiversity loss, while also contributing to climate change.

We must act quickly to reverse these trends and promote transformative change.  Solutions exist.  By halting environmentally harmful practices, diversifying our food systems and promoting more sustainable production and consumption patterns, we can improve global health, increase food security and strengthen resilience to climate change.

On this International Day for Biological Diversity, I urge all — governments, businesses and civil society — to take urgent action to protect and sustainably manage the fragile and vital web of life on our one and only planet.

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2019 Theme: Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health

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Join Summer of Solutions for Climate Action!

The “Summer Of Solutions” is a call for applications from young people around the world to create innovative technology-based solutions to global challenges.

This is a new initiative launched by the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in partnership with the United Nations Technology and Innovation Labs, and the United Nations Development Programme.

The 2019 #SummerOfSolutions aims to solve climate challenges:  

  1. #OpenCI Platform Challenge: develop an information systems solution that can serve as a platform to enhance the access of localized climate and market information.
  2. #CircularEconomy Challenge: present ideas for ICT tools and business process innovations that are related to the Circular Economy and can result in rapid and far-reaching improvements for society.
  3. #EthicalFashion Challenge: present ideas for ICT tools and business process innovations that are related to Ethical Fashion & Textiles, which can result in rapid and far-reaching improvements for society.

Selected participants and their ideas will be showcased at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City in September 2019.

Pick your challenge, get involved and help change the world!

Read more: https://uniteideas.spigit.com/main/Page/summerofsolutions

For any questions, please contact:

Teresa Debuque, National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Manila, debuque@un.org

Volunteers needed by UN office for disaster risk reduction

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is looking to fill two UNV vacancies for Digital media and content officers in Bonn. The vacancies close on the 12 May 2019.

See links below:

https://www.unv.org/special-calls/un-youth-volunteer-digital-media-and-content-officer

https://www.unv.org/special-calls/digital-media-and-content-officer

For more information, please contact: Teresa Debuque, National Information Officer, UN Information Centre Manila

New UN Publications: January 2019

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2018.
The 2018 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons is the fourth of its kind mandated by the General Assembly through the 2010 United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. It covers 142 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based primarily on trafficking cases detected between 2014 and 2016. As UNODC has been systematically collecting data on trafficking in persons for more than a decade, trend information is presented for a broad range of indicators. Booklet 2 

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Publisher: UNODC
ISBN: 978-92-1-130361-2
pp. 88

 

 

“Mini Lexicon for Basic Communication French – Greek”
This lexicon has been made to assist refugees and migrants who are in Greece. It will help facilitate your communication, request general information, and matters related on living conditions, food, health and protection. Special chapters are included for women and unaccompanied children. This second condition also introduces new vocabulary in relation to public services, education, lifestyle and culture.
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Publisher: UNHCR
ISBN: 978-618-82846-9-2
pp. 94

 

 

“Min Ila” Cash Transfer Program for Displaced Syrian Children in Lebanon (UNICEF and WFP), Impact Evaluation Report Endline.”
The Syrian crisis is now in its seventh year and continues to negatively impact the region. The Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) states that “more than 76 percent of displaced Syrians are living below the poverty line”. Most often they must forgo education and its long-term benefits in favor of short-term needs. “Min Ila” was designed to help households meet the implicit costs of education and reduce reliance on children for negative coping strategies such as child labour and early marriage. This study focuses on estimating the impacts of the program using a counterfactual group and implemented a rigorous, mixed methods impact evaluation. This endline report presents the main impacts generated by the NLG/Min Ila cashtransfer program at the start of its second year of operation.
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Publisher: UNICEF, WFP
ISBN: 978-9953-0-4715-7
pp. 152

 

 

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UN Secretary-General’s Video Message on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in his video message on World Press Freedom Day:

“I am deeply troubled by the growing number of attacks and the culture of impunity.

According to UNESCO, almost 100 journalists were killed in 2018.

Hundreds are imprisoned.

When media workers are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price.

On World Press Freedom Day, I call on all to defend the rights of journalists, whose efforts help us to build a better world for all.”

The full video message may be downloaded here:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads2.unmultimedia.org/public/video/ondemand/MSG%20SG%20PRESS%20FREEDOM%20DAY%20EN%2024%20APR%2019.mp4