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UNIC Library Newsletter (October 2010) New websites within the UN system UN in General Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization (A/65/1) English, French & Spanish: The Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization to the 65th session of the General Assembly is now available (A/65/1). In introducing the report the Secretary-General notes that: “Over the past year: the world moved from being on the brink of a global economic depression to witnessing the beginnings of a global recovery. To be sure, the recovery is fragile and uneven, and there is no guarantee that a relapse will not occur.” He also notes that: • •

Unemployment remains unacceptably high, and vulnerable employment continues to rise. Economic volatility, eruptions of conflict, natural disasters, challenges to food security and strains on natural resources are unlikely to disappear.

In addition, analysis by the United Nations suggests that while Governments have made substantial efforts to stimulate growth and spur recovery, those efforts have not always met the needs of the poor and most vulnerable. Statistics Resource Guide (UNOG Library) The United Nations and its Specialized Agencies collect and publish a wide variety of statistical information on the topics related to the work of the organization. This guide will help you find resources focusing on statistical information. It provides links to major organizations and institutes and to relevant documents and databases. It also highlights the collections of the UNOG Library and UNCTAD on the topic of statistics - both print and online resources (books, articles, journals, and databases). Many of these resources contain full-text documents. In addition, key websites and web feeds (RSS) have been selected by your UNOG librarians to help you to keep up-to-date on this subject.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010 Online version: Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (New York, 22 September 2010) English: French: Report in English: Report in French: Culminating a global summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Heads of State and Government, along with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations, kicked off a concerted world-wide effort to save the lives of more than 16 million women and children. At a special UN event to launch the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, stakeholders pledged over $40 billion in resources for women’s and children’ health. The Global Strategy for

Women’s and Children’s Health, led by the UN Secretary-General, is a roadmap that identifies the finance and policy changes needed as well as critical interventions that can and do improve health and save lives. The Global Strategy lays out an approach for global, multi-sector collaboration. World Bank e-Atlas of the Millennium Development Goals The World Bank eAtlas of the Millennium Development Goals lets you visualize and map the indicators that measure progress toward the Goals, with clear explanations of each Goal and its related Targets as the context. When you select an indicator, the eAtlas creates a world map keyed to that indicator, with country rankings and data in your choice of tables or graphs. You can pan or zoom to view different countries or regions, view the dynamic change in that map with a time series, compare two maps and sets of data, and do much more.

Economic & Social Development Global Employment Trends for Youth 2010 (ILO) The report presents the latest global and regional labour market trends for youth and specifically explores how the global economic crisis has exposed the vulnerabilities of young people around the world. In developed economies, the crisis has led to the highest youth unemployment rates on record, while in developing economies – where 90 per cent of the world’s youth live – the crisis threatens to exacerbates the challenges of rampant decent work deficits, adding to the number of young people who find themselves stuck in working poverty and thus prolonging the cycle of working poverty through at least another generation. Economic Diversification in Africa: A Review of Selected Countries (UN/AU/OECD) This study, prepared by the African Union (AU), the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN-OSAA) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), points out that global financial and economic crises exposed African economies’ dependence on too few export commodities and one or two sectors. It looks at how African governments can diversify their economies and begins by examining some of the major determinants of diversification and examines how the private sector plays a key role by being at the forefront of innovation, research and development and production. State of World Population 2010: From Conflict and Crisis to Renewal; Generations of Change (UNFPA) English, French & Spanish: The report explores how conflict and protracted humanitarian emergencies affect women and girls—and men and boys—and shows how many women and young people have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and have begun rebuilding their lives and laying the foundation for peace and renewal of their societies. The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics (DESA) This report is the fifth issue of “The World’s Women” and is being produced to coincide with the first-ever World’s Statistics Day, 20/10/2010: The current issue highlights the differences in the status of women and men in eight areas – population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. Analyses are based mainly on statistics from international and national statistical sources.


Peace and Security Women and peace and security: Report of the Secretary-General (S/2010/498) English, French & Spanish: The latest report of the Secretary-General on Women and peace and security has been issued (S/2010/498). The report lists a range of initiatives recommended to the Security Council to consider ensuring a more effective implementation of resolution 1325 (2000). United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Background Note: 30 September 2010 (DPI/1634/Rev.112, September 2010) English: French: United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions - Background Note: 30 September 2010 (DPI/2166/Rev.87, September 2010) English: French:

Human Rights Democratic Republic of the Congo: Mapping Human Rights Violations 1993-2003 English: French: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights released on 1 October 2010 a 550-page report listing 617 of the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law over a ten-year period by both state and non-state actors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Tens of thousands of people were killed, and numerous others were raped, mutilated or otherwise victimized during the decade. The report also examines in detail various options for truth and reconciliation, as well as for bringing those responsible for serious crimes to justice, thereby ending a climate of near-total impunity and setting the foundation for sustainable peace and development in the DRC.

International Law WIPO Lex The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new search tool, WIPO Lex, a one-stop search facility for national laws and treaties relating to intellectual property. It also features related information which elaborates, analyzes and interprets these laws and treaties. It provides streamlined access to reference material of key importance for optimal information on the global Intellectual Property System.


New information material Africa Renewal, Volume 24, No.2–3, August 2010. 39 p. “Africa marks 50 Years of Independence”. English: French:

New titles I.

General Information and Reference Nelson Mandela in his Words: Excerpts from Speeches, 1961-2008. Department of Public Information. DPI/2559. June 2010. Online version:

II. Economic and Social Affairs United Nations Conference on Trade and Development World Investment Report: Investing in a Low-Carbon Economy, 2010 Sales No. E.10.II.D.2. ISBN 978-92-1-112806-2 Online version: The World’s Women: Trends and Statistics, 2010 Sales No. E.10.XVII.11. ISBN: 978-92-1-161539-5 Sales Number: E.10.I.7, ISBN 9789211012187 Online version: III. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report, 2010 The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development – 20th Anniversary Edition, 2010 ISBN No. 978-0-230-28445-6 Online version: IV. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of World Population 2010: from Conflict and Crisis to Renewal; Generations of Change Sales no. E.10.III.1 ISBN 978-0-89714-974-7 010%20e.pdf V. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) State of World Cities 2010/2011: Bridging the Urban Divide ISBN: 978-1-84971-176-0 Online version:,pdf


State of the Urban Youth 2010/2011: Leveling the Playing Field; Inequality of Youth Opportunity ISBN No. 978-92-1-132010-7 Online version: VI. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Making It Industry for Development, Number 1. Time to go green? Online version: VII. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Criminal Justice Handbook, 2010 Effective Police Responses against Women, 2010 Online version: VIII. World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Statistics 2010 Online version: ISBN: 978 92 4 156398 7 Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Volume 88, Number 10, October 2010, p. 717-796, Online version:

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