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UNRIC Library Newsletter - July-August 2013

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UN Disability ENHigh-level meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (23 September 2013): The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond
While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent a concerted effort to address global poverty, there is a striking gap in the current MDGs and their inclusion of persons with disabilities. The estimated 1 billion people worldwide who live with disabilities are still excluded from equitable access to resources (education, healthcare, etc.) and as a result persons with disabilities experience disproportionately high rates of poverty. In spite of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006, disability remains largely invisible in most mainstream development processes.
For educational outreach on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UNICEF published a booklet explaining the Convention to children, “It’s about Ability”. It is available in [English] [French] [Italian] [Portuguese] [Spanish], and a Companion Learning Guide for teachers is available in [English] [French] [Spanish].

High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament (26 September 2013)
On Thursday, 26 September 2013, all Member States are invited to participate at the highest political level in the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament. At its 67th session, the General Assembly decided (resolution A/RES/67/39) to convene a High-Level meeting on nuclear disarmament during the High-Level segment of the 68th session of the General Assembly.

mdg report2013The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013
Report and Progress Chart in English, French & Spanish:
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Based on comprehensive official statistics, The Report shows that the combined actions of national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector are making the achievement of the MDGs a reality. According to the report, big gains have been made in health. Between 2000 and 2010, mortality rates from malaria fell by more than 25 per cent globally. The report notes that while new HIV infections are declining, an estimated 34 million people were living with HIV in 2011. The target of halving the percentage of people suffering from hunger by 2015 is within reach. The proportion of undernourished people worldwide decreased from 23 per cent in 1990-1992 to 15 per cent in 2010-2012.

UNTT MonitoringReport WEBStatistics and indicators for the post-2015 development agenda 
The final report of the working group on monitoring and indicators assesses options for statistics and indicators in a post-2015 setting. By doing so, it provides an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the MDG indicators and outlines data innovations in new critical areas such as inequalities, governance, sustainability and population. The report also considers national capacities for statistics and makes some key recommendations on how to further foster these when developing a monitoring framework for the post-2015 agenda.


Peace and Security

Security Council Concept Paper: Security Council open debate “Protection of civilians in armed conflict: protection of journalists” (17 July 2013)
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The Security Council held an open debate entitled “Protection of civilians in armed conflict: protection of journalists” on 17 July 2013. In order to help steer the discussion on the subject, the United States has prepared this concept note.

Security Council Concept Paper: Security Council open debate “Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security” (6 August 2013)
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The Security Council held an open debate entitled “Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security” on 6 August 2013. In order to help steer the discussion on the subject, Argentina has prepared this concept note.

syriaupdateSyrian Crisis - United Nations Response; A Weekly Update from the UN Department of Public Information
DPI has developed a new product to share information on and highlight what the UN is doing to respond to the Syria crisis. The bulletin, which will be issued on a weekly basis, aims at providing a snapshot of the latest UN activities to address the crisis, gathered from open source material.    

United Nations Action to Counter Terrorism – redesigned website

United Nations Disarmament Yearbook
The United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) has digitized back issues of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook through 1976. The yearbooks compile texts of resolutions, decisions, conference documents, etc. on disarmament issues from UN organs and committees, and are a valuable resource on the state and progress of the world in the last five decades.

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Fact Sheet: 30 June 2013 (DPI/1634/Rev.145, June 2013)

United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions – Fact Sheet: 30 June 2013 (DPI/2166/Rev.120, July 2013)

PGA Parliamentary Handbook: Promoting Signature, Ratification, and Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty
“Parliamentarians for Global Action” have issued this handbook that highlights parliamentarian leaders’ roles in forwarding the goals of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).


Economic & Social Development

2013 Progress Update on the 2012 Sanitation and Water For All High Level Meeting Commitments
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The 2013 Progress Update on the 2012 SWA High Level Meeting Commitments shows encouraging steps have been taken since the 2012 SWA High Level Meeting, but additional effort is needed to fulfill commitments by 2014.  The report, launched on 14th August 2013, tracks achievements made against the commitments so far.

2013 World Drug Report (UNODC)
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The report shows that, while the use of traditional drugs such as heroin and cocaine seems to be declining in some parts of the world, prescription drug abuse and new psychoactive substance abuse is growing.

Children still battling to go to school - Policy Paper 10, Education for All Global Monitoring Report (UNESCO / Save the Children)
Half of the 57 million children out of school live in conflict-affected countries. The paper is being released to mark the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights activist shot by the Taliban in October 2012.

G20 Task Force on Employment: Addressing employment, labour market and social protection challenges in G20 countries: Key measures since 2010 (ILO / OECD)
The report provides an overview of policies and measures applied, or significantly modified, by G20 countries from 2010 up to early 2013 in seven areas: job creation, labour market policies, social protection, skills development, quality employment, youth employment and women’s economic participation.

The Global Climate 2001-2010: A Decade of Climate Extremes (WMO)
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The world experienced “unprecedented high-impact climate extremes” between 2001 and 2010 and more national temperature records were broken during that period than in any other decade, according to a United Nations report launched today. The report, published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), says the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest for both hemispheres and for both land and ocean temperatures since measurements began in 1850. High temperatures were accompanied by a rapid decline in Arctic sea ice, and an accelerating loss of the ice sheets of the world's glaciers.

Land, Natural Resources and Conflict: From Curse to Opportunity; An EU-UN Partnership in action
UN agencies together tackling land, natural resources management and conflict. The challenges associated with preventing, managing and resolving natural resource-induced conflicts may well come to define global peace and security in the 21st century. A new EU-UN Partnership enables all UN staff to access guidance and online training on land, natural resources and conflict, provides access to online interactive modules and guidance notes.

Treatment 2015 (UNAIDS)
UNAIDS has launched a new framework to accelerate action in reaching 15 million people with antiretroviral treatment by 2015 that will not only enable people living with HIV to live longer and healthier lives, they will also help prevent new HIV infections.

Voluntary Commitments & Partnerships for Sustainable Development - Special Report of the SD in Action Newsletter, Issue 1 - July 2013: Sustainable Development in Action (DESA)
The report synthesizes information on the 1,382 voluntary commitments, partnerships, initiatives and networks for sustainable development that have been registered to date with the Secretariat of the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All), UN Global Compact, Every Woman Every Child, the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, the Sustainable Transport Action Network, and other similar initiatives.

World Economic and Social Survey 2013: Sustainable Development Challenges (DESA)
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The Report focus on three important cross-sectoral issues: sustainable cities, food security and energy transformation. More than 1 billion people are still living in extreme poverty. 6.25 billion people will be living in cities by 2050. Damage to the global environment is reaching critical levels and threatens to lead to irreversible changes in global ecosystems. The Survey emphasizes that economic and financial incentives for creating and adopting new technologies will require policy reforms including taxes and subsidies, as well as regulatory reforms, in order to achieve core targets relating to technology adaptation, the reduction of food waste and enhanced energy efficiency.

World Investment Report 2013: Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development (UNCTAD)
Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the world’s poorest countries grew by 20 per cent last year to a record $26 billion, led by strong gains in Cambodia as well as five African countries, according to this new United Nations report, produced by the Geneva-based UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It adds that the majority of ‘Greenfield’ investment in the least developed countries (LDCs) – new investment or expansion of existing investment in recipient nations, as opposed to investment through mergers and acquisitions – originated in other developing economies, led by India.


Human Rights

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change (UNICEF)
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The report finds that, while much progress has been made in abandoning female genital mutilation/cutting, millions of girls are still at risk – and sets out key steps needed to eliminate the practice for once, and for all.

Free & Equal: Global Public Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Friday launched on 26 July 2013 “Free & Equal, an unprecedented global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. The campaign website contains a host of materials -- including a new set of factsheets, videos and infographics -- all designed for easy sharing via social media. Over the course of the coming twelve months, the campaign will be generating a stream of new content -- all of which will be available through the website.


Humanitarian Affairs

How to Manage Refugee Helplines (UNHCR)
A few simple and inexpensive measures suffice to create a call centre. With an efficient helpline in place, organisations can reduce the number of people coming to their premises and save themselves and the refugees time and money.

United Nations Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience
The Plan of Action outlines the purpose, a set of core commitments and actions, a shared approach to measure impact and progress, and steps for implementation. The Plan of Action also embraces the international momentum to use “resilience” as a common outcome that integrates poverty reduction, disaster risk reduction, sustainable livelihoods and climate change adaptation, as integral to sustainable development.


International Law

ICTY Documentary "Crimes before the ICTY: Prijedor"
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On 6th of August 1992, British journalists from ITN and Guardian unveiled to the world the existence of camps for non-Serb civilians in the area of Prijedor in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. Shocking images of emaciated inmates in just a few days circled the planet and shook the conscience of humanity. Barely two months later, a process was set in motion which would change the face of international criminal justice forever. Through interviews with protagonists and courtroom footage, Crimes before the ICTY: Prijedor depicts the discovery of the camps and the subsequent process that led to establishment of the first international criminal Tribunal since WWII, as well as the judicial outcome of the crimes committed in this municipality.