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UNRIC Library Newsletter - August 2007

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NEW WEBSITES WITHIN THE UN SYSTEM

UN in General

Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change
http://www.un.org/climatechange/
The new UN Internet site highlights the wide-ranging work of the various parts of the United Nations system on climate change and makes it easier for Internet users to find information on climate change from across the United Nations system. The new climate change gateway provides easy access to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the latest developments on efforts to reach a new international climate change agreement, news, as well as information on future climate change events, projects in the field and climate change updates for youth.

High-level Event on Climate Change
UN Headquarters, New York, 24 September 2007
http://www.un.org/climatechange/2007highlevel/

Thematic Debate of the General Assembly - "Climate Change As a Global Challenge", 31 July – 2 August 2007
http://www.un.org/ga/president/61/follow-up/thematic-climate.shtml
"Climate Change as a Global Challenge" is the theme of an informal General Assembly debate being held Tuesday and Wednesday, 31 July and 1 August at UN Headquarters in New York. The thematic debate aims to build momentum towards translating the current scientific consensus into political consensus for action. The debate will consist of a day of interactive panel discussions and a second day of general discussion by Member States.


IAEA's 50th anniversary
http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/News/2007/iaeabirhtday.html
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) marked its 50th anniversary on 29 July 2007. Throughout the past 50 years, the IAEA has strived to expand and enlarge its contributions to nuclear safety and security, nuclear non-proliferation and development.

News Focus: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits San Francisco; Marks 62nd anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter
http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=130&Body=xxxxxx&Body1=

Provisional agenda of the sixty-second regular session of the General Assembly (A/62/150)
English, French, Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/62/150

Provisional list of speakers for the General Debate of the 62nd Session of the General Assembly (25-28 September and 1-3 October 2007)
http://www.un.org/esa/desa/desalert/2007/Aug/20-24/Speakers.pdf

Fourth anniversary of the attack on the UN in Baghdad
English: http://www.un.org/events/memorial/19august/
French: http://www.un.org/french/events/memorial/19august/
Spanish: http://www.un.org/spanish/events/memorial/19august/

Peace & Security

Disarmament Education: Resources for Learning
http://disarmament.un.org/education-new/index.html

Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT)
UN.GIFT brochure: http://www.unodc.org/pdf/gift%20brochure.pdf
Read more on website: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/trafficking_human_beings.html The Initiative aims to set in motion a broad-based, global movement that will attract the political will and resources needed to stop human trafficking.    

Sierra Leone Portal
http://www.peacebuildinginitiative.org/
A new online portal intended to meet the information needs of those working to build peace in Sierra Leone was launched last week at UNHQ. The web site, a partnership between Member States, NGOs, the academic community and the Peacebuilding Support Office, is targeted to both practitioners and policy-makers and hopes to consolidate and prioritize information relevant to the elaboration of peacebuilding strategies. This web site provides access to online information on peacebuilding in Sierra Leone, with a focus on four priority areas determined by the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, in consultation with the Government of Sierra Leone.

Spotlight on Regional Peacekeeping in Africa
http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/lessons/

Economic & Social Development

Launch of UNCTAD XII website
English: http://www.unctadxii.org/en/
French: http://www.unctadxii.org/fr/
Spanish: http://www.unctadxii.org/es/

Report of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti (E/2007/78)
English, French, Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=E/2007/78
As part of the current ECOSOC session in Geneva, the ECOSOC Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti presented its report to the Council on 20 July 2007. The report contains the findings from the Group's visit to Haiti in April 2007 and highlights key features of the economic and social situation in the country. It analyzes issues related to development planning and aid coordination in Haiti, and makes recommendations to the Haitian authorities and to the international community.

UN-OHRLLS (United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States) - re-designed website
http://www.un.org/ohrlls/

Human Rights

25th Anniversary of the work of the CEDAW Committee
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/39sess.htm
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will celebrate its 25th anniversary during its 39th session from 23 July-10 August 2007. The commemorative event took place on 23 July.

Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons: Implementing the 'Pinheiro Principles'
http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/publications/docs/pinheiro_principles.pdf

OHCHR Report on Northern Uganda Making Peace Our Own
http://www.ohchr.org/english/docs/northern_Uganda_august2007.pdf
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a new report Making Peace Our Own: Victims' Perceptions of Accountability, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Northern Uganda. The report adds to the discussions of accountability and reconciliation processes in the country, which currently take place after more than 20 years of conflict between the Ugandan Government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The report is based on the results of the study conducted in Northern Uganda from January to June 2007 and assesses the perceptions of the victims of these issues.

Humanitarian Affairs

Humanitarian Action Report 2007 (UNICEF)
http://www.unicef.org/har07/index.html
Emergencies, in the form of natural disasters and new or protracted conflict, continued to extract a toll on the lives of children and women around the world. Massive flooding in the Horn of Africa and multiple typhoons in South Asia were typical of the ever more frequent occurrence of natural disasters that have affected thousands of families in 2006. In Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the occupied Palestinian territory, Sri Lanka and the Sudan, women and children continue to be impacted by the reverberating crossfire of conflict.

 



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