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UNRIC Library Newsletter - January 2010

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UN in General

News Focus: Haiti earthquake
English: http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=91&Body=Haiti&Body1=
French: http://www.un.org/apps/newsFr/infocusRelF.asp?infocusID=50&Body=Ha%EFti&Body1=
Spanish: http://www.un.org/spanish/News/focus_ht.asp?cr=haiti

Background resources on Haiti
The Dag Hammarskjöld Library has developed a new page with links to information on Haiti. For many years, the UN system has produced reports, statistics and other resources about Haiti. This page provides access to many of these resources in English and French.

Economic and Social Council – redesigned website
English: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/
French: http://www.un.org/fr/ecosoc/
Spanish: http://www.un.org/es/ecosoc/

International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding (A/RES/64/134)
(commencing on 12 August 2010)
The December issue of UN Youth Flash focuses on the International Year of Youth, the World Programme of Action for Youth, news from United Nations offices, publications, upcoming events and contributions from youth organizations around the world: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/yfv6n12.htm

ST/ADM/SER.B/789 (24 December 2009)
English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=ST/ADM/SER.B/789
In this document you can find the contributions of each member state to the United Nations regular budget for the year 2010.

Year in Review 2009
English: http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/
Spanish: http://www.un.org/es/aboutun/yearreview/2009/
In 2009, Arctic ice was melting faster than ever before. Amid many other crises – food, energy, recession and pandemic flu – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the world to take on these challenges together. This video highlights key events from 2009 - and how the United Nations and the international community took action.

Climate Change

"Copenhagen Accord" (advance unedited version)
The accord recognizes the need to limit the increase in global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Case for Climate Neutrality: Case studies on moving towards a low carbon economy (UNEP)
The publication draws upon the experiences of nearly 200 participants of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), 10 case studies led by the UNEP, that are moving towards low-carbon economies and societies.

Population Dynamics and Climate Change (UNFPA / IIED)
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has issued a report on population dynamics and climate change. The report broadens and deepens understanding of a wide range of population-climate change linkages. Incorporating population dynamics into research, policymaking and advocacy around climate change is critical for understanding the trajectory of global greenhouse gas emissions, for developing and implementing adaptation plans and thus for global and national efforts to curtail this threat.

Economic & Social Development

Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009 (UNODC)
The potential gross export value of Afghanistan's opiates is down 18 per cent, from US$ 3.4 billion in 2008 to US$ 2.8 billion in 2009. The decline can be attributed to less cultivation, lower production, lower prices and relatively higher GDP.

DESA Capacity Development Office – new website
The Capacity Development Office has launched a new website to inform about the role and approach of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to capacity development and how the office supports the USG and divisions of DESA in the formulation and implementation of the Department’s capacity development approach and promotes coherence and integrated delivery of the Department’s operational activities.

Progress of the World’s Women 2008/2009: Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability (UNIFEM)
English, French, Spanish & Portuguese: http://www.unifem.org/progress/2008/
This new report - released by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) - reveals that much stronger accountability mechanisms for tracking progress on gender equality are needed in order to meet national and international commitments to women’s rights. Accountability to women begins with increasing the number of women in decision-making positions, but it cannot stop there.

State of the World's Indigenous People
The United Nations has launched its first publication on the State of the World’s Indigenous People. The report notes that the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples suffer from disproportionately, often exponentially, higher rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses; stressing that self-determination and land rights are vital for their survival. Startling figures contained in report include:

  • In the United States, a Native American is 600 times more likely to contract tuberculosis and 62 per cent more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
  • In Australia, an indigenous child can expect to die 20 years earlier than his non-native compatriot. The life expectancy gap is also 20 years in Nepal, while in Guatemala it is 13 years and in New Zealand it is 11.
  • In parts of Ecuador, indigenous people have 30 times greater risk of throat cancer than the national average.
  • Worldwide, more than 50 per cent of indigenous adults suffer from Type 2 diabetes – a number predicted to rise.

United Nations-Business Partnership Gateway
This new gateway will allow companies willing to contribute to the United Nations to browse through a catalogue of humanitarian needs (including relief-for-Haiti appeals) and partnership opportunities, or simply to submit ideas for collaboration.  Based on shared interests, the site flags potential matches to be connected directly. At the same time, business.un.org offers United Nations agencies interested in private-sector support the opportunity to identify and describe needs and preferences, covering nearly all operations of the Organization, from humanitarian relief to poverty reduction and HIV/AIDS prevention.

United Nations Reports on Social Development
United Nations Resolutions on Social Development
New webpage developed by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD/DESA) that includes all the Reports of the Secretary-General and the Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and ECOSOC on Social Development.

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2010 (UNCTAD)
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has issued an advance copy of The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2010 (Global Outlook Report). This report is a joint product of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the five United Nations regional commissions (Economic Commission for Africa, (UNECA), Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The report provides an analysis of the past year economic situation and prospects for the future.

Peace and Security

Politically Speaking: Winter 2009-2010 issue (DPA)
Archive: http://www.un.org/Depts/dpa/archive.html
The latest issue includes interviews with UN envoys in the field, a two-year progress report from the USG for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, reviews a major 2009 report of the Secretary-General on enhancing UN capacity for conflict mediation, described the prevention of conflict between the West African nations of Ghana and the Gambia.

Security Council Concept Paper: Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security (S/2010/9)
English, French & Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/2010/9
The President of the Security Council for January 2010, China, has issued a concept paper for the Security Council debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, held on 13 January 2010.

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Background Note: 30 November 2009 (DPI/1634/Rev.103, December 2009)
English: http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/dpko/bnote.htm
French: http://www.un.org/french/peace/peace/bnote.htm

United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions - Background Note: 30 November 2009 (DPI/2166/Rev.78, December 2009)
English: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/documents//ppbm.pdf
French: http://www.un.org/french/peace/peace/pdf/ppbmf.pdf

International Law

United Nations Information Resources on International Law
This article was written by Susan Kurtas, UN Dag Hammarskjold Library and published in the “Australian Law Librarian Journal” (Vol.17, No.4, 2009).