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UNRIC Library Newsletter - June 2007

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UNRIC Library Newsletter - June 2007
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UN in General

International Year of the Potato 2008
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National Competitive Recruitment Examination 2008

United Nations Common Database (UNCDB)
As of 1 May 2007, use of the Common Database will be FREE OF CHARGE. No subscription will be necessary after that date, and any user can enjoy the full range of data, metadata and various search tools without restriction. UNCDB has the largest and most authoritative compilation of United Nations and agency statistics ever compiled, covering economic, social, financial and development topics. There is no comparable international database available in print or on the Web, from any source.

UN Documentation on the Environment
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library has prepared a new chapter for the UN Documentation Research Guide on the Environment. The guide provides an overview of the development of UN consideration of issues related to the environment, highlights the major bodies in the UN family currently at work on the topic, and provides information about the kind of documentation produced for each body. Currently available in English, the guide will be translated into the other official languages.

Peace & Security

Logistics Support Division (LSD)
The Logistics Support Division (LSD) under the Office of Mission Support of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations announces the launch of its web site. Developed as part of a larger and ongoing initiative aimed at achieving greater gender balance in staffing in the Division, the web site was created to: - Make readily available information about the work that LSD undertakes in its mission to support peacekeeping operations around the world, -Highlight LSD's activities to enhance gender within the Division, - Provide information about career options with LSD, particularly for professional women, who have traditionally been underrepresented in fields such as engineering, logistics, aviation and transport, and cartography.

UNDP Support to the Timorese Electoral Cycle
Under the “Background Information” of the homepage menu you will find a broad selection of election related materials regarding the first and second rounds of Timor-Leste’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. Materials available on this site include press releases, election laws, regulations and procedures, observer reports, codes of conduct, and general election information.  In addition you will find regular program updates about the work done under the UNDP Timorese Electoral Cycle project (February Update, March Update, May Update) and information about the different components of the program including voter education, media, observer coordination and support to political parties.

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (Background Note: 30 April 2007)

Economic & Social Development

Africa & the Millennium Development Goals: 2007 Update
The report brings together the latest data compiled by the United Nations Statistics Division from across the entire United Nations System. The report shows that challenges remain daunting, yet progress is emerging. To share with you some of the highlights, the report shows that the rise in extreme poverty -- the number of people living on less than one dollar a day -- has levelled off since 1999. It also shows that, in the face of rapid population growth, African countries have increased primary school enrolment rates to 70 per cent in 2005, but more investments in the sector are needed to reach the goal of universal primary education.

Compendium of Innovative E-government Practices
This publication – released by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) - is a compilation of 107 recent case studies from 48 countries that cover a wide range of innovative practices, including e-democracy, gender equality, e-education, e-commerce, information access, and citizen service delivery.

New ECOSOC Web site
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has a new Web site that includes information about ECOSOC in general, the President, and Meetings. Links to Documentation by type include: Resolutions and Decisions from 1946-present, Reports from 2004-2006, recent Publications, and Newsletters 2003-2007.

World Economic Situation and Prospects
The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2007 provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and of some key global economic policy and development issues. According to the report, the world economy is expected to moderate in 2007 after three years of historically high growth. The weakening housing market in the United States is a major factor in the global slowdown. The economic recovery in Japan and Europe is not strong enough to replace the US as the engine for growth of the world economy.  

Human Rights

Human Rights in the World: Updated Country Pages
Now available also in French and Spanish
Compiled on one page the following information for each country is listed: status of ratifications for Human Rights treaties, reporting status, Voluntary Pledges and Commitments, special procedures, most recent concluding observations

Legislative History of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
(OHCHR publication)
A new publication that aims to become an essential research tool for children's rights advocates was launched by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on 11 June 2007. The two-volume set lists among the many major advances ushered in by the Convention recognition, for the first time in a human rights treaty, of the differential and often discriminatory impact that national legislation, policies, attitudes and cultural traditions can have on girls. “The Legislative History on the Convention on the Rights of the Child” is the first comprehensive record of the drafting of the Convention. It is the result of 10 years of work by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Save the Children Sweden.

REFWORLD: UNHCR launches online resources for decision makers
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced the creation of an online protection tool for use by those who have to make decisions on the status of people who have fled their homes. Refworld contains a large collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks. The free service provides information that UNHCR and its partners need to help them make a decision about whether to grant an asylum seeker refugee status based on a well-founded fear of persecution.