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UN Secretary-General’s Message on World Population Day, 11 July 2019

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet.

On World Population Day, we recognize that this mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population growth, ageing, migration and urbanization.

While the world’s population overall continues to increase, this growth is uneven. For many of the world’s least developed countries, the challenges to sustainable development are compounded by rapid population growth as well as vulnerability to climate change. Other countries are facing the challenge of ageing populations, including the need to promote healthy active ageing and to provide adequate social protection. As the world continues to urbanize, with 68% of the world population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, sustainable development and climate change will increasingly depend on the successful management of urban growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The United Nations stands with Pride

by Ola Almgren*

This Pride Month, the United Nations (UN) in the Philippines stands in solidarity with the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) Filipinos, their families, friends and allies in their pursuit of equality, inclusion and pride.

The struggle for the rights of LGBTQI people is a core part of the struggle for the full and equal enjoyment of human rights by all.

The very first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

All human beings – not some, not most, but all.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

 

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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New UN Publications: October 2018

The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition; State of World Population 2018.
Your choices can change the world. The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development. The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices. The report found that no country can claim that all of its citizens enjoy reproductive rights at all times. The unmet need for modern contraception prevents hundreds of millions of women from choosing smaller families. The report classifies all countries in the world by the current dynamics of their populations’ fertility. It also makes specific recommendations for policies and programmes that would help each country increase reproductive choices.

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Publisher: UNFPA
ISBN: 978-1-61800-032-3
pp. 152

 

World Economic and Social Survey 2018: Technologies for Sustainable Development.
The World Economic and Social Survey is the flagship publication on major development issues. This year’s survey presents a case for harnessing frontier technologies to achieve the shared vision of sustainable development. The survey highlights a few of the remaining challenges for the planet, people and prosperity to achieve sustainable development. It also discusses the promises and challenges of a few frontier technologies in developed country contexts while highlighting the development divide—particularly the technological divide—that many low-income and vulnerable countries face in adopting frontier technologies.

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Publisher: UN DESA
ISBN: 978-92-1-047224-1
pp.175

 

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018.
Jointly produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization, this report monitors progress towards the targets of ending hunger (SDG Target 2.1) and all forms of malnutrition (SDG Target 2.2) by 2030. The 2018 edition highlights emerging challenges to food and nutrition security, and issues an urgent appeal to scale up the resilience and adaptive capacity of communities facing climate variability.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, WHO
ISBN: 978-92-5-130571-3
pp. 183
 
 

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New UN Publications: September 2018

Antimicrobial Resistance Policy Review and Development Framework.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a long-standing global health concern. This Policy Review and Development Framework is for government policy-makers and officials and other stakeholders in AMR and AMU (antimicrobial use) policy for food-animal production within a One Health approach. It offers a practical guide for countries to systematically identify, assess, and strengthen AMR and AMU policies. The Framework is designed to help countries review their national policies and provides examples from countries that facilitate effective national responses to AMR.

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Publisher: FAO
ISBN: 978-92-5-130947-6
pp. 58

 

 

Child marriage: A mapping of programmes and partners in twelve countries in East and Southern Africa.
Child marriage can have devastating consequences for individual girls and their future children. This report presents the results of a mapping of programmes and partnerships that seek to prevent and mitigate the effects of child marriage in East and Southern Africa. The mapping was guided by the results framework used in the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. The framework focuses on five outcomes that are designed to create integrated and systematic programme interventions.

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Publisher: UNFPA
pp.84

 

 

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New UN Publications: August 2018

Capture the moment.
WHO and UNICEF recommend that children initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life – meaning no other foods or liquids are provided, including water. This report presents the global situation of early initiation of breastfeeding and describes trends over the past ten years. The report also outlines key learnings from countries where rates of early initiation have improved or deteriorated and concludes with recommendations for policy and programmatic action.
 
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Publisher: WHO / UNICEF
ISBN: 978-92-806-4976-5
pp.44

 

Climate Economy report 2018: Unlocking the inclusive growth story of the 21st century
We are entering a new era of economic growth. This Report is a roadmap for how we can accelerate action to turn better growth and a better climate into reality. This new growth story draws direction from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. It highlights opportunities in five key economic systems—energy, cities, food and land use, water, and industry – chosen because of their transformative importance in driving growth, meeting development objectives and supporting climate action. This new growth agenda will deliver higher productivity, more resilient economies and greater
social inclusion. This approach can deliver growth that is strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive.

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Publisher: WRI
pp.208

 

 

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