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UNRIC Library Newsletter - September 2011

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66th Session of the General Assembly


General Debate: 21-24 and 26-30 September 2011
"The role of mediation in the settlement of disputes by peaceful means"

66th Session of the General Assembly – Press Kit
The Department of Public Information's press kit for the forthcoming General Assembly is now available on the UN website in all six official languages. This year, for the first time the press kit will only be available online as part of the Department's ongoing efforts to broaden the use of environmentally friendly practices of paperless production and distribution. Print-quality PDF files of all of the press kit components in six official languages can be accessed and downloaded at the above mentioned URLs.

Improving Lives: Partnership between the United Nations and the European Union in 2010 (United Nations Brussels)
The sixth annual report reflects the partnership between the UN and the EU in humanitarian and development cooperation in 110 countries across the globe.

50th Anniversary of the Death of Dag Hammarskjöld
On 18 September 1961, 50 years ago, Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations, died in a plane crash near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, along with 15 others. 

Palestine Statehood and the United Nations (UN Pulse, 23 September 2011)

Palestine's Application for Admission to the UN (UN Pulse, 26 September)


Peace and Security

Maintien de la paix des Nations Unies
Consultez le nouveau site internet du maintien de la paix des Nations Unies! Les opérations de maintien de la paix de l'ONU ont pour objectif d'aider les pays en proie à des conflits à créer les conditions d’une paix durable. Par maintien de la paix, l'Organisation entend négociation et médiation, mais également l'utilisation d'actions plus coercitives.

Preventive Diplomacy: Delivering Results: Report of the Secretary-General
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In the first UN report on the use of preventive diplomacy to resolve tensions and crises before they escalate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon describes the growing importance of this practice by the United Nations and its partners, underscoring its potential to save lives and protect development gains at a low cost to the international community.  The report speaks to recent advances and accomplishments in the field and proposes a forward agenda for strengthening the use of preventive diplomacy as a means of diminishing conflicts and their devastating toll. Successful preventive diplomacy is not easy, however building up the world’s collective capacities in this area is “without doubt, one of the smartest investments we can make,” the Secretary-General says in his report.

Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident (September 2011)
On 2 September Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the report of the independent panel of inquiry examining the May 2010 incident involving a flotilla headed for Gaza which found that Israel’s interception of the vessels was “excessive and unreasonable,” while the flotilla acted “recklessly” in attempting to breach the naval blockade. The four-member panel, headed by Geoffrey Palmer, the former New Zealand prime minister, was not designed to determine individual criminal responsibility. Rather, it was tasked with making findings about the facts, circumstances and context of the 31 May incident, in which a convoy of humanitarian aid ships bound for Gaza after departing Turkey was intercepted by Israeli forces leading to the loss of life.

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Fact Sheet: 31 July 2011 (DPI/1634/Rev.123, August 2011)

United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions – Fact Sheet: 31 July 2011 (DPI/2166/Rev.97, August 2011)

UN Resources on the Cyprus Question (UN Pulse, 8 September 2011)


Economic & Social Development

Adapting work processes and working environments in retail commerce to older workers’ needs (ILO)

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The youth population aged 30 and under is declining as that of those aged 50 and over increases. The retail commerce sector may increasingly need to draw its workers from the expanding population segment of the older age group. The report discusses good practices in training, development and promotion; flexible working practices; ergonomics and job design.

Blending Climate Finance through National Climate Funds: A Guidebook for the Design and Establishment of National Funds to Achieve Climate Change Priorities (UNDP)
This guidebook aimed at helping decision makers in developing countries to better take advantage of the billions pledged to address climate change. A step-by-step guide on setting up national climate funds, the publication is a key resource for policymakers, economists, investors and donors involved in national responses to climate change.

Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle: Sex-disaggregated data on a selection of well-being indicators, from early childhood to young adulthood (UNICEF)
This report is the most comprehensive compilation to date of sex-disaggregated statistics on children and young people in the developing world. Data from the report suggests that gender disparities are relatively small in children’s early years of life among the indicators examined – education, health, nutrition and protection.

Climate Change Starter’s Guidebook (UNESCO / UNEP / WHO)
The aim of this guide is to serve as a starting point for mainstreaming climate change education into curricula lesson plans and programs. It provides an introduction and overview for education planners and practitioners on the wide range of issues relating to climate change and climate change education, including causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as some broad political and economic principals.

Making Globalization Socially Sustainable (ILO / WTO)
This ILO-WTO co-publication, launched on 20 September 2011, underlines globalization's potential to stimulate productivity and growth but highlights the importance of pursuing trade, employment and social policies together in order to harness this potential. The book contains contributions from leading academic experts who analyse the various channels through which globalization affects jobs and wages.

MDG Gap Task Force 2011 Report: The Global Partnership for Development, Time to Deliver
The report notes that due to economic difficulties since the 2008 financial meltdown, many developing countries need to channel an additional 1.5 per cent of gross domestic product to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In a message on the launch of the report, the UN Secretary-General noted that "the stakes are high, but so are the rewards" and also urges developing nations to step up efforts in the drive to reach the MDG targets by the 2015 deadline.

World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development (World Bank);jsessionid=3smbsfq9729mp.z-wb-live-01
Gender equality matters in its own right but is also smart economics: Countries that create better opportunities and conditions for women and girls can raise productivity, improve outcomes for children, make institutions more representativ, and advance development prospects for all.

WorldRiskReport 2011 (UNU-EHS)
Earthquakes, floods, droughts, storms: disasters seem to occur unexpectedly and with unimaginable force. But why do some countries better succeed than others to cope with extreme natural events? The WorldRiskReport 2011 helps to evaluate the vulnerability of societies to natural hazards. Using world maps to visualize, it shows on the one hand where the probability of a natural hazard to occur is particularly high; on the other hand it is shown in which countries the population can cope with these events especially good or bad. The central element of the WorldRiskReport, the concept of the WorldRiskIndex, was developed by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn/Germany, in cooperation with the Alliance Development Works and its partners.


Human Rights

Human Rights: a Media Guide to the new UN independent experts and mandates (2011);LangID=E
This year the United Nations Human Rights Council has created new monitoring and reporting mechanisms on the situation of human rights in Iran, the freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and discrimination against women in law and in practice. It has also appointed new independent experts for existing mandates.
What are the new mechanisms? Who are the new independent experts? What is their role? And how can you contact them? Check out the website.

Let's Fight Racism Campaign
The campaign is a partnership between DPI and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and focuses on the message that each of us can play a part in combating racism and xenophobia in our own communities. 

Report of the High Commissioner on OHCHR’s visit to Yemen (A/HRC/18/21, Advanced Unedited Version)
A report published on 13 September 2011 by a UN human rights assessment mission to Yemen calls for immediate action to protect civilians, respect the right to peaceful demonstration and to address the “deteriorating humanitarian situation” in the country. The report by the UN human rights office also stresses the need for “international, independent and impartial investigations” into allegations of human rights abuses related to the peaceful protest movement in Yemen since the beginning of this year. A delegation from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights visited Aden, Sana’a and Ta’izz between 28 June and 6 July this year. The team met many key officials, including the Vice-President, leaders of political parties and members of Parliament as well as NGO representatives, lawyers, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders, victims of violations and their relatives.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights, Calin Georgescu (A/HRC/18/31)
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A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic waste, Calin Georgescu, says the international community has to date paid little attention to the growing problem of medical waste around the world, despite the threat it poses to millions of people and the environment. “Some 20 to 25 per cent of the total waste generated by health-care establishments is regarded as hazardous and may create a variety of health and environmental risks if not managed and disposed of in an appropriate manner,” warns the independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council to report on the adverse effects of the movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights.


Humanitarian Affairs

Disaster-Conflict Interface (UNDP)
The report examines interactions between conflict and disasters associated with natural hazards.  It presents an unprecedented survey of cases in which conflict and disaster coincide—each a complex phenomenon in its own right, as in the worsening Horn of Africa crisis.

Report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people: Developments in the economy of the occupied Palestinian territory (UNCTAD)
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The economy of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) grew by 9.3 per cent last year, but that expansion was not enough to reduce the area’s 30 per cent unemployment rate.

UNHCR launches Global Campaign for Stateless People
Up to 12 million stateless people are in desperate need of help because they live in a nightmarish legal limbo. UNHCR wants the world to end their misery.


International Law

“The Arrest of Ratko Mladić and Its Impact on International Justice and Prevention of Genocide and Other International Crimes”
This is the title of a new discussion paper launched by The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme as part of its series. The paper was written by Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and former Special Advisor on Crime Prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The paper encourages students to explore what lessons can be learned from the arrest and prosecution of Ratko Mladić. All papers in the Discussion Papers series are drafted by prominent scholars for university-level students, and are edited by the UN’s Holocaust Programme.

TRACK - Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge (UNODC)
UNODC has launched a Web-based anti-corruption portal known as TRACK (Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge). The portal features the United Nations Convention against Corruption legal library, providing a unique gateway to an electronic database of Convention-related legislation and jurisprudence from over 175 States, systematized in accordance with the Convention's requirements. The TRACK portal brings together legal and non-legal knowledge relating to anti-corruption and asset recovery, enabling Member States, the anti-corruption community and the general public to access that information in a central location. Information in the Legal Library is searchable by country, by article of the Convention and such other criteria as legal systems and levels of human development. An anti-corruption learning platform is also incorporated, providing a common space in which analytical tools generated by partner organizations can be searched and accessed by users worldwide.