|UNRIC Library Newsletter - February 2012|
|New information material|
UN Secretary-General – redesigned website
Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO, the Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and a spokesman for the interests of the world's peoples, in particular the poor and vulnerable among them. The current Secretary-General, and the eighth occupant of the post, is Mr. Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea, who took office on 1 January 2007.
The Secretary-General’s Five-Year Action Agenda
On 25 January 2012 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined a series of actions he believes the global community must take over the next five years to build “the future we want.”
In a speech to the General Assembly last September Mr. Ban presented five imperatives – or generational opportunities – that must be addressed to ensure a better future for the world’s people. These are sustainable development; preventing and mitigating conflicts, human rights abuses and the impacts of natural disasters; building a safer and more secure world; supporting countries in transition; and working to engage the talents of women and young people.
Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing; Report of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability
Overview also available at http://issuu.com/unpublications/docs/gsp_report_overview
Now more than ever, leaders need to focus on what matters most - the long-term resilience of people and the planet - the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability urged in its report presented on 30 January 2012 to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Addis Ababa. The 22-member Panel, established by the Secretary-General in August 2010 to formulate a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity, was co-chaired by Finnish President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma. The Panel’s final report, “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing,” contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy as quickly as possible.
UN Pulse has moved to Tumblr
The UN Pulse weblog of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library has moved to Tumblr (http://un-library.tumblr.com/). Follow DHL as they continue to alert you to selected just-released UN on-line information, major reports, publications and documents.
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Fact Sheet: 31 January 2012 (DPI/1634/Rev.129, February 2012)
United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions – Fact Sheet: January 2012 (DPI/2166/Rev.103, February 2012)
21 Issues for the 21st Century: Results of the UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Environmental Issues
Report & ExecutiveSummary: http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/foresightreport/
The UNEP Foresight Report contains a description of the 21 emerging environmental issues identified through the UNEP Foresight Process, including food, land, freshwater, marine, biodiversity, climate change, energy, waste, technology, better environmental governance, human behavioral change towards the environment.
Adaptation Private Sector Initiative database (UNFCCC)
The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has launched a new online tool that showcases how businesses and communities can adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change. The new Adaptation Private Sector Initiative database features climate change adaptation activities pioneered by leading private companies.
GEO-5 Summary for Policy Maker (UNEP Global Environment Outlook)
English, French & Spanish: http://www.unep.org/geo/GEO5_SPM.asp
The United Nations Environment Programmme (UNEP) released the GEO-5 Summary for Policy Makers on 20 February 2012 as a prelude to the full report. The Summary, which was negotiated and endorsed by governments on 31 January 2012, warns of the continued deterioration in the state of the global environment, pointing out that internationally agreed goals have only been partially met. It calls for policies that focus on the underlying drivers of environmental change (such as the negative aspects of population growth, consumption and production, urbanization) rather than just concentrating on reducing environmental pressures or symptoms.
Green Economy in a Blue World (UNEP / UNDP / FAO / IMO / DESA / IUCN / WorldFish Center /GRID-Arendal)
Healthy seas and coasts would pay healthy dividends in a green economy, according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners that highlights the huge potential for economic growth and poverty eradication from well-managed marine sectors. The report argues that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems, which are currently in decline around the globe, can be boosted by shifting to a more sustainable economic paradigm that taps their natural potential - from generating renewable energy and promoting eco-tourism, to sustainable fisheries and transport.
ICPD Beyond 2014 – new website
ICPD Beyond 2014 is the official website for the UNFPA-led global review process of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action. This site details the progress of the Cairo vision to improve the lives of all people. ICPD Beyond 2014 aims to consolidate comprehensive information and personal reflections about the continuing relevance of the PoA. The site is open for engagement and contributions from our partners, stakeholders, and the general public.
Mobilising Men in Practice: Challenging sexual and gender-based violence in institutional setting (UNFPA)
This report – released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) - documents the work of one such effort, the Mobilising Men initiative, led by the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex in Britain) with support from UNFPA. Through partnerships with civil society groups in India, Kenya and Uganda beginning in 2009, the initiative trained men to be team activists in seeking gender balances. By immersing the participants in a programme of dialogue and action that challenge the inherent nature of male privileges and power structures in society – government, academia and workplace – the men learned a lot about themselves and how they can begin to address inequities.
World Youth Report: Youth Employment: Youth Perspectives on the Pursuit of Decent Work in Changing Times
A lack of job opportunities, inadequate education, vulnerable working conditions and insufficient government investment are some of the main concerns of young people around the world, according to a United Nations report on youth published on 6 February 2012. The latest World Youth Report, released by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for the first time included inputs from young people – with many participating in an online discussion on youth employment.
Analytical study on the relationship between human rights and the environment: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/19/34)
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/19/34
This analytical study examines the key components of the relationship between human rights and the environment, with emphasis on the following themes: the conceptual relationship between human rights and the environment; environmental threats to human rights; mutual reinforcement of environmental and human rights protection; and extraterritorial dimensions of human rights and the environment.
Thematic study by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on participation in political and public life by persons with disabilities (A/HRC/19/36)
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/19/36
The present study focuses on participation in political and public life by persons with disabilities. It analyses relevant provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, highlights good practices in the field of participation of persons with disabilities in elections and in the conduct of public affairs, and identifies the main challenges that still prevent or limit the equal and effective participation of persons with disabilities in the political and public life of their countries.
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