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UNRIC Library Newsletter - September 2007

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UN in General

Agenda of the sixty-second session of the General Assembly (A/62/251)
English, French, Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/62/251
The agenda for the 62nd session of the General Assembly is now available (A/62/251). The agenda was adopted at the 3rd plenary meeting of the General Assembly on 21 September 2007 and includes a total of 163 items.

General Assembly - 62nd Session
English: http://www.un.org/ga/
French: http://www.un.org/french/ga/index.shtml
Spanish: http://www.un.org/spanish/aboutun/organs/ga/62/
The President of the General Assembly opened the 62nd session of the General Assembly on 18 September 2007. In addition to the general debate from 25 September to 5 October, several high level events will also be taking place during the session, including:

  • 21 September: Meeting of the Enlarged Contact Group on Darfur
  • 22 September: High-level meeting on Iraq
  • 23 September: High-level meeting on Afghanistan and a meeting of Middle East Quartet principals
  • 24 September: High-level event, organized by the Secretary-General, entitled: The Future in Our Hands: Addressing the Leadership’s Challenge of Climate Change: http://www.un.org/climatechange/2007highlevel/
  • 25 September: High-level meeting of the Security Council
  • 4 and 5 October: High-level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace convened by the General Assembly: http://www.un.org/ga/president/61/follow-up/hld-interreligious.shtml
  • 22 and 23 October: High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/
  • 11 and 12 December: Commemorative high-level plenary meeting devoted to the follow-up to the outcome of the Twenty-Seventh Special Session on Children will be convened.

Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization (A/62/1)
English, French, Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/62/1(SUPP)
German: http://www.un.org/depts/german/gs/a-62-1.pdf

Secretary-General’s visit to Sudan
http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocusRel.asp?infocusID=132&Body=xxxxxx&Body1=

United Nations Messengers of Peace – new website
English: http://www.un.org/sg/mop/
French: http://www.un.org/french/sg/mop/
Spanish: http://www.un.org/spanish/sg/mop/

Peace & Security

AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (S/2007/517)
English, French, Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=S/2007/517
A new report outlines the steps taken to arrange for the deployment of the African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (S/2007/517). Information is included about headquarters operating capability, UN support to the AU mission, preparations for the transfer of authority, force and personnel generation, logistical arrangements, administrative and legal arrangements, and financial arrangements. The Security Council authorized the operation in Resolution 1769.

Civil Society participation in Peacebuilding Commission (PBC/1/OC/12)
English, French, Spanish: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=PBC/1/OC/12
The Peacebuilding Commission has issued Provisional guidelines for the participation of civil society in the meetings of the Peacebuilding Commission. This includes guidance regarding participation in formal and informal meetings of the Commission, "other than in the Organizational Committee configuration."

Disarmament Yearbook 2005
http://disarmament.un.org/e-yearbook.html
The UN Disarmament Yearbook is now available online. Coverage includes volumes 27-30 (2002-2005).

Report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people (TD/B/54/3)
http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/tdb54d3_en.pdf
UNCTAD´s latest report argues that limiting the vulnerability of the Palestinian economy to Israeli restrictive measures requires expanding the policy space available to Palestinian decision-makers and re-orienting Palestinian trade within a context of regional transit transport agreements.

Suicide attacks in Afghanistan (2001-2007)
Full text: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWFiles2007.nsf/FilesByRWDocUnidFilename/
EKOI-76W52H-Full_Report.pdf/$File/Full_Report.pdf

Summary: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EKOI-76W52H?OpenDocument
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has issued this new report. The study of suicide attackers in Afghanistan found that people, including children, are being coerced or duped into carrying out attacks.

Economic & Social Development

Afghanistan Opium Survey 2007 (UNODC report)
http://www.unodc.org/pdf/research/AFG07_ExSum_web.pdf
Opium production in Afghanistan soared to frightening record levels in 2007. However, the number of opium-free provinces in the centre and north of Afghanistan more than doubled compared to 2006.

CDM Bazaar web site
http://www.cdmbazaar.net/
A new web site called CDM Bazaar, launched by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat and the UN Environment Programme, is designed to spur the exchange of information among buyers, sellers and service providers engaged in the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM). The Web site allows stakeholders in the CDM to post information, such as potential emission reduction projects looking for financing, CERs available for sale, buyers looking for carbon credits to purchase, services available, carbon market related events, and employment opportunities.

Climate Change and Tourism (UNWTO)
http://www.unwto.org/climate/index.php
The World Tourism Organization has created an information gathering web resource called "Climate and Tourism Information Exchange Service", which displays data, studies, policy papers, videos and other materials as part of its effort to combat climate change. Registration (free) is required. The organization has spearheaded the study of linkages between climate and ourism.

EC/UN Partnership on Gender Equality for Development and Peace
http://www.gendermatters.eu/
The EC/UN Partnership on Gender Equality for Development and Peace is a joint initiative of the European Commission (EC), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC/ILO). The new three-year programme (2007-2009) will be implemented in 12 countries: Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, and the Ukraine.

Economic and Social Rights in Afghanistan II - August 2007
(AIHCR/UNHCR report)

http://www.aihrc.org.af/Rep_ESRII_Eng_Full_Text_30_Aug_2007.pdf
According to the report, published by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, many Afghan refugees upon returning home find themselves unable to find employment, education, adequate health care and affordable and secure housing.

Education for Some, more than Others? A regional study on education in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) (UNICEF report)
http://www.unicef.org/media/files/Regional_Education_Study_-.pdf
Millions in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States enter the workforce each year without any formal education. A key indicator of these systemic failures was that there are an estimated 2.4 million ‘missing children’ of primary-school age and almost 12 million missing secondary-school children who should be in school but are not.

Global Outlook for Ice & Snow (UNEP report)
http://www.unep.org/geo/geo_ice/PDF/full_report_LowRes.pdf
The report provides an up-to-date, concise review of the state of the environment and the trends in ice and snow-covered regions (cryosphere) of the world. It features case studies, illustrations, graphics and maps and serves as an educational and reference publication.

Indigenous women and the United Nations system: good practices and lessons learned
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/publications/Indigenous/indwomen07.htm
This new publication offers an overview of the work of the Task Force on Indigenous Women of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANGWE). In 2005-2006, the Task Force collected 18 case studies submitted by various United Nations agencies about their work with indigenous women in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM), Fifth Edition (ILO report)
English: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/strat/kilm/
French summary: http://www.ilo.org/public/french/employment/strat/kilm/download/exsum.pdf
Spanish summary: http://www.ilo.org/public/french/employment/strat/kilm/download/exsum.pdf
While productivity levels have increased worldwide over the past decade, gaps remain wide between the industrialized region and most others, although South Asia, East Asia, and Central & South-Eastern Europe (non-European Union) & CIS have begun to catch up, the International Labour Office (ILO) said in a new report.

MDG data recently updated
http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Data.aspx
The UN Statistics Division has recently updated more than 70 series of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) data and more updates will be uploaded soon.

Online discussion: Women in Africa (4 September -14 October 2007)
English: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/forum/
forum-daw-politicalparticipation2007.htm

French: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/forum/
forum-daw-politicalparticipation2007_FR.htm

UN Division for Advancement of Women of Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in cooperation with the E-Network of National Gender Equality Machineries in Africa have organized on online discussion on Women, political participation and decision-making in Africa. The discussion will run for 6 week from 4 September to 14 October 2007, and the topics include - participation of women in decision-making, politics, education, private sector, civil society and the media; and building alliances with women in decision-making positions.

UNIFEM annual report 2006-2007
http://www.unifem.org/attachments/products/UAR07-Final.pdf
United Nations Development Fund for Women published its latest annual report "10 years: UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women" covering the Fund's work during 2006 and 2007. The report also commemorates the 10th anniversary of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.

Update for Partners on the Situation of Children in Iraq (UNICEF report) http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/LSGZ-76GDVA/$File/Full_Report.pdf
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has issued a new report, about growing risks to tens of thousands of displaced children due to pervasive heat, poor hygiene and lack of water.

Vienna Climate Change Talks 2007
http://unfccc.int/meetings/intersessional/awg_4_and_dialogue_4/items/3999.php
Around 1,000 representatives from governments, business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions are gathered this week for the Vienna Climate Change Talks 2007. The talks, held under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), aim at setting the stage for the United Nations Bali Conference, next December.

World Health Report 2007:  A safer future: global public health security in the 21st century (WHO)
English: http://www.who.int/whr/2007/en/index.html
French: http://www.who.int/whr/2007/fr/index.html
Spanish: http://www.who.int/whr/2007/es/index.html
With new diseases emerging at an unprecedented rate in an increasingly interconnected world, often with the ability to cross borders rapidly, global public health security depends on international cooperation and surveillance more than at any previous time in history.

Human Rights

Civil Society Questionnaire: Human Rights and Disability
English: http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/disability/docs/QuestionnaireEnglish.doc
French: http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/disability/docs/QuestionnaireFrancais.doc
Spanish: http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/disability/docs/CuestionarioEsp.doc

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/
http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/indigenous/declaration.htm
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been adopted today as General Assembly resolution 61/295 (A/RES/61/295).

INFO60: Newsletter - 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Issue No. 1 - English & French: http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/docs/newsletter_60th_n1.pdf
Issue No. 2 - English: http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/docs/newsletter_60th_n2_en.pdf
Issue No. 2 – French: http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/docs/newsletter_60th_n2_fr.pdf
Issue No. 2 - Spanish: http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/docs/newsletter_60th_n2_sp.pdf
Info60 will bring you information to help inspire people everywhere to mark the 60th anniversary of the UDHR throughout the year leading up to 10 December 2008. The first issue was published in August 2007.

Humanitarian Affairs

Handbook on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons
http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/publications/docs/pinheiro_principles.pdf
The Handbook on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons: Implementing the Pinheiro Principles (http://www.cohre.org/store/attachments/Pinheiro%20Principles.pdf) is the latest addition to the efforts to improve the situation of refugees and displaced persons, guiding the humanitarian workers through the complexities of restitution rights and explaining the role of international organizations in assisting the refugees and displaced persons.

International Law

Focus 2007 Treaty Event:  Towards Universal Participation and Implementation –
A Comprehensive Legal Framework for Peace, Development and Human Rights

English, French, Spanish: http://untreaty.un.org/English/treaty.asp
The ninth treaty event will take place at Headquarters on 25-27 September and 1-2 October. The event is intended to facilitate participation by Member States in the multilateral treaties deposited with the UN Secretary-General.  This year's event focuses on universal participation in and implementation of the legal framework for peace, development and human rights. 43 treaties will be highlighted this year.  

 



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