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UNRIC Library Newsletter - September 2008

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UN in General

UN General Assembly 63rd session
English: http://www.un.org/ga/
French: http://www.un.org/french/ga/index.shtml
Spanish: http://www.un.org/spanish/aboutun/organs/ga/63/index.shtml

60 ways the UN makes a difference
English: http://www.un.org/un60/60ways/
The article "Sixty Ways the United Nations makes a difference" and its website has been updated. "Sixty Ways" illustrates, through brief and specific examples, how the United Nations family betters the daily lives of people around the world. 

Procurement Division launches new online library
The Library aims to increase accessibility to up-to-date procurement practices, negotiation skills and approaches, contract management, as well as case studies to broaden and refresh knowledge. It is designed to assist staff in handling day-to-day work issues by providing both theoretical knowledge and practical advice, while updating them with the latest developments in the industry, to ensure both professionalism and quality service.

Report on the Work of the Organization (A/63/1)
English, French & Spanish:

German: http://www.un.org/Depts/german/gs/a-63-1.pdf
The Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization to the 63rd session of the General Assembly is now available (A/63/1). In introducing the report the Secretary-General notes that: “The rising demand for our services is daunting, and yet I am convinced that with dedication, focus and commitment we can live up to the hopes of all peoples who look to us to build a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. To achieve this necessary focus, in 2008 and for the rest of my tenure, we must dedicate our effort to three key areas: delivering results for people most in need, securing global goods, and creating a stronger United Nations through full accountability.”

UNifeed, the free daily 10-minute feed from the UN, is now available through Internet. It enables news providers to cover important global issues by offering in a simple and direct way timely video from throughout the UN system. UNifeed was created in 2005 by the UN's Department of Public Information and UNICEF in response to the growing global demand for timely video material with an international focus. It is also supported by UNHCR, UNDP, the World Bank and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Peace and Security

CTBTO launches new website
The new website of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) includes a host of new features which will benefit States, the media, NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks and the public at large.  These features range from greatly expanded written and visual content, powered by state-of the-art technology, to a more comprehensive search engine and a number of engaging multimedia applications. Our goal is to make this website the primary source of substantive information in a number of fields related to the ban on nuclear testing.

Security Council concept paper (S/2008/590)
English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/2008/590
The President of the Security Council for the month of September, Burkina Faso, has issued a concept paper for the Security Council High-level meeting on "Mediation and settlement of disputes" to be held in New York on 23 September (S/2008/590). With the overall objective of helping to promote mediation as a method of dispute settlement, the high-level meeting aims to achieve a number specific objectives as outlined in the report.

UNRWA commemorates 1948
UNRWA is revisiting events and experiences of Palestinians from all walks of life before the war of 1948.

Economic & Social Development

Afghan Opium Survey 2008 (UNODC)
Opium cultivation in Afghanistan has gone down by a fifth as compared to last year, according to the new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. UNODC attributing the decrease to good local leadership coupled with bad weather.

Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment (UNEP)
English & French: http://na.unep.net/atlas/AfricaAtlas/
This is a unique and powerful publication which brings to light stories of environmental change at more than 100 locations spread across every country in Africa. The downloadable versions of the atlas are available in English and French, as well as powerpoints, posters, satellite images, graphics, and interactive maps.

Growing Together: Youth and the Work of the United Nations
The publication - produced by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Programme on Youth – presents a comprehensive synthesis of the United Nations system’s work on youth.  The publication includes contributions from 30 UN Divisions, Offices, Funds, Programmes and Agencies and shows how each part of the organization is working in its area of expertise to contribute to the goals of the World Programme of Action for Youth (A/RES/50/81), which Member States adopted in 1995.

Industrial Development Abstracts database (UNIDO)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has made available over 11,000 fully indexed abstracts of UNIDO documentation which includes descriptions of major studies and reports, reports resulting from UNIDO's technical cooperation activities, reports and proceedings of expert working groups, workshops and seminars, and publications in series. The Industrial Development Abstracts (IDA) online database covers the period from 1981 to the present. All the reports abstracted in IDA are now available free of charge as image PDF files. Until they become available online, the PDF files will be sent to requestors via the Internet.

Payments for Ecosystem Services (UNEP)
This book – published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - explains the payments ecosystem service (PES) and markets and the mechanisms of PES deals, and provides guidance for developing PES deals.

Progress for children: a report card on maternal mortality (UNICEF)
English, French & Spanish: http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_45454.html
“Progress for children: a report card on maternal mortality” issued by UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) claims that “each year, more than half a million women die from pregnancy-related causes and an estimated 10 million experience injuries, infections, disease or disability that can cause lifelong suffering” and that “most of these deaths and disabilities are avoidable.” This edition is the 7th in the series.

Progress of the World's Women 2008/2009: Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability (UNIFEM)
English: http://www.unifem.org/progress/2008/ (other languages coming soon)
Field stories by country: http://www.unifem.org/progress/2008/fs_countryIndex.html
The flagship biennial global report calls for stronger accountability systems to women in the areas of public services, justice, international aid, and governance, and looks at the need and means to move from commitments on women's rights to results that make a difference in women's lives.

UNCTAD to assist Iraq on science and technology
UNCTAD signed an agreement on 1 September 2008 with Iraq to help support the country's reconstruction. UNCTAD will evaluate Iraq's science, technology and innovation policies to assist the government in spurring long-term economic growth.


Humanitarian Affairs

Housing for All: The challenges of affordability, accessibility and sustainability; The experiences and instruments from the developing and developed worlds (UN-HABITAT)
This report – issued by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) - provides a comprehensive review of the challenges for low and moderate income housing and focuses on the issues of affordability, accessibility and sustainability in resolving the worldwide housing problem.

ILO rising food prices report
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has posted a technical information note on “Rising food prices and their implications for employment, decent work and poverty reduction”. The report analyses the impact of food prices on the poor and gives some policy recommendations.

International Law 

Juridical Yearbook online
The United Nations Juridical Yearbook has a new website. The Juridical Yearbook contains "documentary materials of a legal character concerning the United Nations and related intergovernmental organizations" and is an invaluable research tool. Each yearbook follows the same chapter structure. In addition to the ability to browse by year (e.g. 1963) or Chapter (e.g. chapter VI), the website also has three full text search options: the entire collection, by volume or by individual chapters.

Treaty Event 2008: Towards Universal Participation and Implementation – Dignity and Justice for all of us (23 - 25 September and 29 September - 1 October 2008, United Nations Headquarters)
English: http://treaties.un.org/Pages/TreatyEvents.aspx?pathtreaty=Treaty/Focus/Page1_en.xml
French: http://treaties.un.org/Pages/TreatyEvents.aspx?pathtreaty=Treaty/Focus/Page1_fr.xml&clang=_fr

UN Treaty Collection
English: http://treaties.un.org/
French: http://treaties.un.org/Pages/home.aspx?lang=fr
The Office of Legal Affairs Treaty Section has launched a new online version of the UN Treaty Collection. The new website is free and provides access to UN publications about treaties, including: UN Treaty Series; Status of Multilateral Treaties deposited with the Secretary-General; and Certified True Copies. The text of each treaty is available in all languages in which the treaty is authentic.