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UN Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2019

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This year marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to draw attention to the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages.

Languages are how we communicate, and they are inextricably linked to our cultures, histories and identity.  Almost half of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages – of which most are indigenous — are in danger of disappearing.  With every language that disappears, the world loses a wealth of traditional knowledge.

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world.  A significant proportion still lack basic rights, with systematic discrimination and exclusion continuing to threaten ways of life, cultures and identities.  This is contrary to the intent of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its promise to leave no one behind.

I count on Member States to engage and support indigenous peoples in determining their own development through policies that are inclusive, equitable and accessible.  The United Nations stands ready to support all initiatives aimed at realizing the rights and aspirations of indigenous peoples.

Read about the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

 

UN Philippines joins Pride March for LGBTQI rights

 

Manila, 29 June–Staff members of the United Nations (UN) in the Philippines, led by the UN Resident Coordinator in the country, Ola Almgren, joined the Metro Manila Pride March and Festival today in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) Filipinos.

The UN contingent participated under the banner of two UN campaigns for LGBTQI equality: UN Free & Equal and UN Globe. UN Free & Equal is a public information campaign while UN Globe is a UN staff initiative to advocate for the equality and non-discrimination of LGBTQI staff in the UN system and its peacekeeping operations. Both campaigns reinforce the UN Philippines system’s commitment to stand in solidarity with LGBTQI Filipinos, their families, friends and allies, in their pursuit of diversity, inclusion and pride.

“The UN is committed to action,” Almgren said. “We work with decision makers, human rights institutions and community leaders to change discriminatory laws and to put legal protections in place.”

The UN Philippines commends the cities and provinces in the Philippines that have adopted and are implementing ordinances that prohibit discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE). However, these local government units (LGUs) are still in the minority. Only 21 of the 1,634 cities and municipalities and six out of the 81 provinces in the Philippines have anti-discrimination ordinances (ADOs). This leaves 79.2% of Filipinos, or close to 80 million people, without protection against SOGIE-based discrimination.

The UN Philippines therefore affirms its support for the LGBTQI community’s call for the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill and urges renewed efforts to push for its enactment by the 18th session of Congress.

“We have momentum on our side. But we need to come together to address the remaining challenges,” Almgren said.

See photos of the event: https://bit.ly/2IYfdzf

Read the UN Resident Coordinator’s op-ed, “The UN stands with Pride”: https://bit.ly/2KPf2s8

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.

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

 

 

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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 

Bibliographic info:
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.
Bibliographic info:
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.
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNICEF, WFP
ISBN: 978-9953-0-4715-7
pp. 152

 

 

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New UN Publications: September 2017

Manila Earthquake: Pre-Crisis Information Mapping Survey and Consultation.
The general objective of the pre-crisis information mapping survey and consultation is to better understand and validate information on the vulnerabilities, capacities, and preferences on the type of relief and humanitarian assistance that the community may need once a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Manila. Complementing the earthquake preparedness initiatives by the identified local government, at-risk communities, and other non-government organizations in Metro Manila, the mapping and consultation exercise analyzed the actual needs of the most vulnerable, marginalized, less visible, and less vocal members of the at-risk communities.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: OCHA
pp.53

Early Moments Matter for Every Child.
This  new global report on early childhood development, shows that the period from conception to the start of school opens a critical and singular window of opportunity to shape the development of a child’s brain. Unfortunately, many millions of children around the world are deprived of the ingredients that foster optimal brain development. But it is time to do more. It is time to pick up the pace of progress and transform our knowledge about early childhood development into investments and interventions that support families, communities and nations.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNICEF
ISBN: 9 789280 649017
pp. 84

Trade and Development Report 2017.
The Trade and Development Report 2017 argues that now is the ideal time to crowd in private investment with the help of a concerted fiscal push – a global new deal – to get the growth engines revving again, and at the same time help rebalance economies and societies that, after three decades of hyperglobalization, are seriously out of kilter. However, in today’s world of mobile finance and liberalized economic policies, no country can do this on its own without risking capital flight, a currency collapse and the threat of a deflationary spiral. What is needed, therefore, is a globally coordinated strategy of expansion led by increased public expenditures, with all countries being offered the opportunity of benefiting from a simultaneous boost to their domestic and external markets.

Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNCTAD
ISBN: 978-92-1-112913-7
pp.169

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New UN Publications: August 2017

Sustainable Energy for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.” VEF Forum 2017
The fifth Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017 was held from 9 to 12 May, 2017. The thematic focus of the Forum was “Sustainable Energy for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement”, with an emphasis on discussing and highlighting the importance of the linkages between climate and development as well as the synergies among the SDGs, and the importance of joint and integrated approaches for a successful implementation. The Forum also explored the role of innovation in opening up new avenues for achieving SDG 7 “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” and related SDGs.
 
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNIDO
pp. 32

Enhancing the Understanding of the Foreign Terrorist Fighters Phenomenon in Syria.
During the fourth biennial review of the Global Counter – Terrorism Strategy held in September 2014, Member States expressed concern at the growing phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) in Syria. As a result, the Secretary – General announced that the United Nations Centre for Counter – Terrorism (UNCCT) would, in cooperation with those Member States that wished to participate, gather information on the motivation of FTF s through direct interviews of returnees. By analysis of the results, the Secretary – General aimed to provide Member States with a stronger knowledge base from which to understand the phenomenon of FTFs, assess the risks they posed, and develop effective responses.
 
Bibliographic info:
Publisher: UNOCT
pp. 58

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