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UNRIC Library Newsletter - January 2009

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UN in General

Budget des Nations Unies
Le budget de l'ONU est préparé selon un processus rigoureux et soumis à l'approbation de l’Assemblée générale. Les contributions versées par les États Membres constituent la principale source de financement.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the United Nations: For Students at Intermediate and Secondary Levels (DPI/1888/Rev.3, August 2008)

Independent Audit Advisory Committee
The Independent Audit Advisory Committee of the United Nations is established as a subsidiary body of the General Assembly to serve in an expert advisory capacity and to assist the General Assembly in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities.

Sección de gestión de archivos y expedientes de las Naciones Unidas (ARMS): Proteger el presente para preservar el futuro

60 contribuciones de las Naciones Unidas para un mundo mejor

Peace & Security
Comité contra el Terrorismo

Final report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (S/2008/773)
English, French and Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/2008/773
The document reports on 12 weeks of field work in the region, in particular in the North and South Kivu provinces. The report makes recommendations and has annexed many examples of evidence.

Les Nations Unies et la lutte antimines
En 2007, les mines ont fait plus de 5000 victimes, dont les trois quarts sont des civils. La lutte antimines ne consiste pas uniquement à éliminer les mines terrestres sur le terrain. Elle comprend également des mesures qui vont de la prévention contre le danger dans un environnement miné à la promotion d’un monde sans mines.

Security Council Mission to Afghanistan (S/2008/782)
English, French and Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/2008/782
The report of the Security Council Mission to Afghanistan, 21-28 November 2008 has been issued. This was the Security Council's third visit to Afghanistan since 2002, having visited in November 2003 and November 2006.

Somalia Proposals
English, French and Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/2008/804
In a letter dated 19 December 2008 (S/2008/804), the Secretary-General noted that in his assessment sufficient troop pledges to allow deployment of a multinational force to Somalia is unlikely to materialize as envisioned by the Security Council's presidential statement of 4 September 2008 (S/PRST/2008/33: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/PRST/2008/33). As an alternative, the Secretary-General listed 3 options as alternative proposals to the setting up the multinational force. These are:
  • Reinforcing the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM)
  • Building Somali capacity to restore the security sector and the rule of law
  • Maritime task force

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Background Note: 31 September 2008 (DPI/1634/Rev.88)
English: http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/dpko/bnote.htm
French: http://www.un.org/french/peace/peace/bnote.htm

Economic & Social Development
New light on a hidden treasure: International Year of the Potato 2008 (FAO)
English: http://www.potato2008.org/pdf/IYPbook-en.pdf
French: http://www.potato2008.org/pdf/IYPbook-fr.pdf
Spanish: http://www.potato2008.org/pdf/IYPbook-es.pdf
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has issued the report of the International Year of the Potato that records the activities of the Year and underscores the message that the potato is a vital part of the global food system.

New Migration Website
The new website lists all reports and notes of the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly on international migration and development and includes all General Assembly and Economic and Social Council resolutions on this topic. The webpage also displays reports on protection of migrants, trafficking and remittances. Altogether, the new page contains 90 documents in all six official languages since the 48th session of the GA (1993-1994).

The State of the World's Children 2009: Maternal and Newborn Health (UNICEF Report)
English: http://www.unicef.org/sowc09/report/report.php
French: http://www.unicef.org/french/sowc09/report/report.php
Spanish: http://www.unicef.org/spanish/sowc09/report/report.php
Fifteen hundred women die every day while giving birth. That's a half a million mothers every year. The report outlines the latest paradigms in health programming and policies for mothers and newborns, and explores policies, programmes and partnerships aimed at improving maternal and neonatal health.

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009
The WESP, a joint publication of UN-DESA, UNCTAD and the five United Nations regional commissions, provides the UN’s perspective of the global economy.

Human Rights
FAQs - Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OHCHR Fact Sheet 33)
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued Frequently Asked Questions on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Fact Sheet No.33 as part of “The Human Rights Fact Sheet” series. It gives answers to twenty questions, such as:
  • What are the economic, social and cultural rights?
  • What are the obligations of States?
  • Who has a role to play in promoting and protecting the rights nationally?
  • How can we monitor the progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights?
  • What monitoring mechanisms exist internationally?

Humanitarian Affairs
Gaza Crisis
This section includes reports, press releases and other resources published by the humanitarian organizations in the occupied Palestinian (oPt) including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), UN Agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).