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UNRIC Library Newsletter - March 2007

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UNRIC Library Newsletter - March 2007
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UN in General

The Partnership between the UN and the EU
The United Nations and the European Commission working together in Development and Humanitarian Cooperation  
This first-ever report, entitled “The Partnership between the UN and the EU”, outlines in detail what the cooperation between the two organizations achieved ‘on the ground’ in 2005.

General Assembly 62nd session - preliminary list of items (A/62/50)
English, French & Spanish: 
The preliminary list of items (A/62/50) has been issued for the 62nd session of the General Assembly (GA), which will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 18 September 2007. This document shows 160 provisional agenda items, including, inter alia, the maintenance of international peace and security (items 9-44), the promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development (items 45-65), the development of Africa (item 66), the promotion of human rights (items 67-72), disarmament (items 89-107) and drug control (items 108-110).

International Polar Year 
The International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009, organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s speeches
A quick guide to statements on key issues on the UN agenda 

Secretary-General comments on Redesign Panel's recommendations (A/61/758)
English, French & Spanish:  
The report of the Redesign Panel on the internal system of administration of justice in the United Nations was issued last summer (A/61/205 - Now the comments of the Secretary-General have been issued (A/61/758). According to the note, the fundamental reasons the UN needs a functioning, well-resourced system of internal justice are: UN staff have no legal recourse to national courts for employment-related grievances; the UN, an organization involved in setting norms and standards and advocating for the rule of law, has a duty to offer staff timely, effective and fair justice; to gain the confidence of both staff and management and thereby promote mutual trust and enhance accountability; and to provide access to all staff, wherever they are located. The document includes organizational charts for the proposed informal and formal systems of UN internal justice. Financial implications of the proposals are outlined in detail.

Secretary-General's Proposals (A/61/749)
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A new letter from the Secretary-General outlines proposed changes to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Disarmament Affairs (A/61/749). The current Department of Peacekeeping Operations would be reconfigured to two departments, a Department of Peace Operations and a Department of Field Support. The proposal for the Department for Disarmament Affairs would establish a new office directly reporting to the Secretary-General. The document includes organization charts for the proposed departments.

United Nations Member States – new website  

UN Newsletters, Journals, Bulletins  
Would you like to know what newsletters are published by the United Nations system on environment issues, what journals are available on education, what bulletins are available on women & gender issues, which UN peacekeeping mission issues its own newsletter? Then check out the new feature on UNRIC’s Library Website at Here you can access for the first time a list of journals, newletters and bulletins published by the United Nations system that are available online and can be accessed free of charge. The list is arranged by subject. Most titles are available in English only but other languages – as and when available – are quoted as well.

Peace & Security

The Secretariat of the Conference on Disarmament has compiled several subject-specific collections of documents. These collect documents on a topic going back historically.

  • CD/INF.51
    Basic documents of the Conference on Disarmament related to the question of effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon states against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons

Peace Operations Year in Review 2006  
The 2006 Peace Operations Year in Review has been issued. In addition to facts and figures and current peacekeeping operations, there are detailed chapters about the peace agreements, ceasefires or cessations of hostilities accomplished with UN political and diplomatic support.

Security Council Sanctions Committees Web site
A new Web site for Security Council Sanctions Committees has been launched. In addition to providing an overview of Security Council actions regarding sanctions, there are links to specific sanctions committees and some of the affiliated documents, such as travel ban lists, asset freeze lists, and guidelines for certain of the committees. 

Economic & Social Development

2007 Meetings and Events of ECOSOC and its Subsidiary Bodies  

Afghanistan Opium Winter Assessment Survey (UNODC’s survey)  
Divergent trends characterize opium cultivation in Afghanistan this year, with a pronounced divide between the troubled south of the country and the more stable centre-north.

International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Annual Report 2006
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State of the World's Forests 2007 (FAO report)
A number of regions of the world are reversing centuries of deforestation and are now showing an increase in forest area, according to the new FAO report. The report, which was launched at the opening of the 18th Session of FAO's Committee on Forestry, underlines the positive effects of economic prosperity and careful forest management in saving forests, noting that over 100 countries have established national forest programmes. 

State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2006 (FAO report)
Although the proportion of the world’s marine fish stocks rated by FAO as overexploited or depleted has remained stable over the past 15 years, the status of certain highly migratory and high-seas species is cause for serious concern.

United Nations Development Group Web site – new Web site  
The UNDG develops policies and procedures that allow member agencies to work together and analyse country issues, plan support strategies, implement support programmes, monitor results and advocate for change. In addition to highlighting the One UN Pilot Projects, the site includes information about Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, Common Country Programming Processes, the Resident Coordinator System, Coordination for Transition, Common Services, Common Premises & UN House, Training & Learning, and UN Country Teams. The archives contain a selection of documents related to the work of UNDG.

World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision  
The world population continues its path towards population ageing and is on track to surpass 9 billion persons by 2050, as revealed by the newly released 2006 Revision of the official United Nations population estimates and projections. The results of the 2006 Revision -- which provide the population basis for the assessment of trends at the global, regional and national levels, and serve as input for calculating many key indicators in the United Nations system -- incorporate the findings of the most recent national population censuses and of the numerous specialized population surveys carried out around the world.

Human Rights

Report of the High-Level Mission to assess the human rights situation in Darfur and the needs of Sudan [Advance Unedited Version]  

Special Procedures Bulletin - Third Issue: September-December 2006 (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)  

Violence Against Women Case Studies (UNFPA report)  
A new study by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) shows that community-based interventions aimed at halting violence against women can yield significant results. “Programming to Address Violence Against Women” offers case studies to show how targeted and planned interventions can reduce gender-based violence. The lessons from the case studies are distilled in a companion booklet, “Ending Violence Against Women: Programming for Prevention, Protection and Care”, and an online multimedia exhibit integrates the text from both booklets with videos from each of the ten countries, and links to related UNFPA resources.