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october UNRIC Library Newsletter – October 2009 Contents


									          UNRIC Library Newsletter – October 2009

Contents of this issue:

      New websites within the UN system
      New information material available for order
      New titles added to the library collection in October

               New websites within the UN system

UN in General

Agenda of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly (A/64/251)
English, French & Spanish:

Allocation of agenda items for the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly
English, French & Spanish:

Report of the Committee on Conferences for 2009 (A/64/32)
English, French & Spanish: (SUPP)
In addition to information about the meetings of the committee in 2009, the report also
contains the draft calendar of conferences for 2010 and 2011.

General Assembly Documentation – new DHL training guide
The guide is available in English. French and Spanish will be available at a later date.

“Be a Citizen Ambassador to the United Nations:
Speak to World Leaders through YouTube”
As world leaders from 192 United Nations Member States converge on New York for the
64th session of the General Assembly, the Department of Public Information is launching a
groundbreaking campaign entitled “Citizen Ambassadors to the United Nations”, which
encourages people everywhere to directly engage with decision makers by uploading video
messages on the UN YouTube channel. The innovative “Citizen Ambassadors” campaign will
take place from 23 September through 10 October 2009, coinciding with the General
Debate part of the General Assembly. It harnesses the power of online video-sharing and
offers a unique opportunity for world citizens – youth in particular – to make their voices
heard during the United Nations General Assembly by responding to the question: “If you
had the opportunity to speak to the world leaders, what would you say?”

New Websites launched for United Nations Meetings Coverage and Press Releases
The new sites offer a simplified user-friendly design that differentiates product by type
(meetings coverage, press releases, press conferences, and briefings of the Spokesperson
for the Secretary-General). The websites also offer the possibility of retrieving information
as it relates to the main organs of the United Nations, and headlines are now more legible,
noting a highlight of the content of the document. The sites have links to various news- and
media-related websites at United Nations Headquarters and overseas Offices. They have
consolidated and improved access to coverage of intergovernmental meetings, some while
still in progress; statements by the Secretary-General; transcripts of the Spokesperson’s
noon briefing; summaries of press conferences; and other United Nations press releases.
Managed by the Meetings Coverage Section of the Department of Public Information, the
sites further provide archives of these various resources dating back to October 1995.
(PI/1916, 13 October 2009)

UNRWA at 60 High-Level Event Week
On 8 December 2009, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
the Near East, UNRWA, will be sixty years old: an occasion for sober reflection but also an
opportunity to highlight the Agency’s service and achievements during six decades of work
alongside millions of Palestine refugees. Among the highlights of the anniversary activities
is a week of events in New York commemorating the 60th anniversary of UNRWA’s
establishment by the General Assembly.

Climate Change

Blue Carbon - The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon (UNEP / FAO /
A new Rapid Response Assessment report released at the Diversitas Conference, Cape
Town and highlights the critical role of the oceans in maintaining our climate. While
emissions’ reductions are at the centre of the climate change discussions, the role of the
ocean ecosystems has been vastly overlooked.

Climate change and its possible security implications: Report of the Secretary-
General (A/64/350)
English, French & Spanish:
The report analyses governmental views and relevant research on the security implications
of climate change, by and large, approach the question from a perspective of
interdependence between human vulnerability and national security.

Climate Change Science Compendium 2009 (UNEP)
In advance of December's UN climate convention meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released this new report. This report is
a review of climate change related peer-reviewed literature published in the last three

The Cost to Developing Countries of Adapting to Climate Change: New Methods
and Estimates - The Global Report of the Economics of Adaptation to Climate
Change Study (World Bank)
The costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of
US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010 to 2050 according to preliminary findings in
a new global study from The World Bank.
Executive Summary:
Study Overview:

Economic & Social Development

Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium
English & French summary:
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published a new report showing the
devastating consequences that the 900 tons of opium and 375 tons of heroin that are
trafficked from Afghanistan every year have on the health and security of countries along
the Balkan and Eurasian drug routes, of countries in Europe, of China, India and the
Russian Federation. The world's deadliest drug has created a market worth $65 billion,
catering to 15 million addicts, causing up to 100,000 deaths per year, spreading HIV and,
not least, funding criminal groups, insurgents and terrorists.

DESA Working Paper series
The DESA Working Papers issued by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs are
preliminary documents circulated in a limited number of copies and posted on this website,
to stimulate discussion and critical comment on the broad range of economic, social and
environmental issues associated with the United Nations Development Agenda. In October
2009 the following papers were issued:
     Assessing the success of microinsurance programmes in meeting the insurance
       needs of the poor:
     Assessing the insurance role of microsavings:
     Can Microfinance Reduce Economic Insecurity and Poverty? By How Much and How?:
     Insurance, Credit and Safety Nets for the Poor in a World of Risk:

Global Financial Stability Report (IMF)
(Report in English, Summaries in English, French & Spanish)
The Global Financial Stability Report provides semi-annual assessments of global financial
markets and addresses emerging market financing in a global context. The October 2009
report chronicles the evolution of the path toward re-establishing sound credit
intermediation and the near-term risks that could interrupt its restoration, including the
rising burden of sovereign financing. The report addresses how to restart securitization
markets and the pitfalls if done improperly. The effectiveness of unconventional public

sector interventions and the principles for disengagement are discussed. The report also
discusses the design of medium-term policies that aim to reshape the financial system to
make it more resilient and stable.

"How to Feed the World in 2050" - High-level Expert Forum, 12-13 October 2009
The High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050 will examine policy options
that governments should consider adopting to ensure that the world population can be fed
when it nears its peak of nearly 9.2 billion people in the middle of this century.

Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue (UNESCO)
English report:
English summary:
French summary:
Spanish summary:
Companies which invest in cultural diversity, whether at the management, human
resources or marketing level, can benefit economically from it. This is one of the
conclusions in this UNESCO World Report. The report aims to become a reference tool for
cultural diversity. Cultural diversity, which is too often reduced to the protection of heritage
in danger, is also the development of intercultural skills, the search for an antidote to
expressions of cultural isolationism, the road towards new forms of governance, the lever
of the effective exercise of universally recognized human rights and a means to reduce
imbalances in the world trade in creative products.

Promoting Gender Equality in HIV and AIDS Responses: Making Aid More Effective
Through Tracking Results (UNIFEM)
This new publication presents the key findings of an expert consultation - Tracking and
Monitoring Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS in Aid Effectiveness - which was co-organized by
UNIFEM and the European Commission in May 2008. Participants developed
recommendations for integrating the gender equality dimensions of HIV/AIDS into national
development planning, implementation and budgeting; for strengthening current indicators
for monitoring and tracking progress to eliminate violence against women and improve
women’s access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of HIV/AIDS;
and for inspiring new areas of advocacy and new entry points for improving knowledge and
awareness on gender equality and HIV and AIDS in the context of aid effectiveness.

The State of Food Insecurity 2009: Economic Crisis – Impact and Lessons Learned
The sharp spike in hunger triggered by the global economic crisis has hit the poorest people
in developing countries hardest, revealing a fragile world food system in urgent need of
reform. The combination of food and economic crises has pushed the number of hungry
people worldwide to historic levels — more than one billion people are undernourished.

UNECE Transport Division - new website
The Transport Division works to facilitate the international movement of persons and goods
by inland transport modes and improve competitiveness, safety, energy efficiency and
security in the transport sector taking into account environmental protection to levels that
reduce adverse environmental impact of transport activities and contribute effectively to
sustainable development.

World Summit on Food Security, Rome, 16 – 18 November 2009

Peace and Security

The Participation of Women in Iraq's Elections (UNDP)$File/full_report.pdf
The survey was based on the discussions of eight focus groups of women conducted in June
2009 in Baghdad, Anbar and Mosul.

Prodi Report Assessment (A/64/359–S/2009/470)
English, French & Spanish:
The Secretary-General's report entitled Support to African Union peacekeeping operations
authorized by the United Nations (A/64/359–S/2009/470) provides an assessment of the
recommendations contained in the Report of the African Union-United Nations panel on
modalities for support to African Union peacekeeping operations, known as the "Prodi
Report" (A/63/666-S/2008/813 - It also proposes ways in
which the UN can better assist the African Union in deploying and managing peacekeeping

United Nations Criminal Justice Standards for United Nations Police
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Department for
Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) have partnered to publish a revised edition of the United
Nations Criminal Justice Standards for United Nations Police. The handbook summarizes the
international human rights and criminal justice principles that United Nations police
personnel must know, abide by and promote when deployed in peacekeeping operations
and special political missions.

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations – Background Note: 31 August 2009
(DPI/1634/Rev.100, September 2009)

United Nations Political and Peacebuilding Missions - Background Note: 31 August
2009 (DPI/2166/Rev.75, September 2009)

Human Rights

Convention on the Rights of the Child - 20th anniversary
The Committee of the Rights of the Child and the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR)
and other partners organized a two-day celebration in Geneva, 8-9 October 2009, to mark
the 20th anniversary of the adoption of The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989
(A/RES/44/25). The celebration focuses on the theme “Dignity, Development and Dialogue”
and will give a chance to:
     highlight three main challenges facing the Convention: ensuring the dignity of the
       child, providing the child with full possibilities for development and facilitating
       dialogue between adults and children in accordance with the participatory approach
       of the Convention; and
     evaluate the status and implementation of the CRC, after 193 ratifications and 17
       years of reporting; and identify priorities for the future taking into consideration the
       two Optional Protocols to the Convention.

Progress for Children: A Report Card on Child Protection (UNICEF)
The violence, exploitation and abuse experienced by children all over the world takes many
forms, including corporal punishment, harmful traditional practices, hazardous labour,
sexual exploitation, trafficking, association with armed groups and forces, and needless
placement in prisons and institutions. This edition of Progress for Children reports some
improvements but many remaining challenges to protecting children from such abuses. It
calls on society to build a ‘protective environment’ for children.

UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign
The re-designed website of this campaign will be launched during October, as part of the
lead-up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25

“Say NO – UNiTE” - Platform for Action (UNIFEM)
UNIFEM will launch this new platform for action on 6 November. It will provide an
opportunity for activists, NGOs and others to showcase actions to end violence against
women on the ground by creating a profile and uploading information at

Study on Organ Trafficking (UN / Council of Europe)
The United Nations and the Council of Europe have released a new study on trafficking in
organs and trafficking in human beings for the purpose of the removal of organs. The study
provides an overview of the key facts related to the global problem of organ trafficking and
trafficking in people for organ removal, and puts forward at set of recommendations for the
prevention and punishment of this crime, which is considered to disproportionately affect
women and girls.

Trafficking in Persons: Analysis on Europe (UNODC)
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has issued a report based on the
“Global Report on Trafficking in Persons” (launched in February 2009), which shows that
trafficking in persons is an under-detected crime in Europe. Along with the new report, a
training video for trainers of criminal justice officials (prosecutors, judges, law enforcement
officers) and other specialized audiences is also available.

                                New information material

   Single copies of the following titles can be ordered via e-mail:

Boletín sobre las medidas adoptadas por el sistema de las Naciones Unidas y las
organizaciones intergubernamentales respecto de la cuestión de Palestina, Enero de 2009,
Volumen XXXII, Boletín núm. 1.
Naciones Unidas. División de los Derechos de los Palestinos. 39 p.
Online version:

Boletín sobre las actividades del sistema de las Naciones Unidas y las organizaciones
intergubernamentales relacionadas con la cuestión de Palestina, Octubre de 2008, Volumen
XXXI, Boletín núm. 10.
Naciones Unidas. División de los Derechos de los Palestinos. 17 p.
Online version:

Bulletin sur les mesures prises par les organismes des Nations Unies et les organisations
intergouvernementales concernant la question de Palestine, octobre 2008, Volume XXXI,
Bulletin N° 10.
Nations Unies. Division des droits des Palestiniens. 15 p.
Online version:

Calendar of Conferences and Meetings as of 1 September 2009.
Online version:

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2009.
United Nations. New York. 2009. 56 p. Includes 2009 Progress Chart.
Sales No. E.09.I.12. ISBN 978-92-1-101196-8.
Progress Chart:

Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développment.
Nations Unies. New York. 2009. 56 p.
Sales No. F.09.I.12. ISBN 978-92-1-200290-3.
Online version:
Tableau de suivi:

Objetivos de desarrollo del Milenio: Informe de 2009.
Nationes Unidas. Nueva York. 2009. 56 p.
Sales No. S.09.I.12. ISBN 978-92-1-300236-0.
Online version:
Tabla de progreso:

                A new UNRIC Library Backgrounder in English has been issued:
                                  Nuclear Disarmament

        Updated versions of the following UNRIC Library Backgrounders are available:
           Afghanistan, Climate Change, Desertification, Global Food Crisis

                  Copies can be requested by e-mail (
                       or downloaded from the library website at

                               NEW TITLES
                added to the library collection in October

I       General Information and Reference

Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développment.
Nations Unies. New York. 2009. 56 p.
Sales No. F.09.I.12. ISBN 978-92-1-200290-3.
Online version:
Tableau de suivi:

Objetivos de desarrollo del Milenio: Informe de 2009.
Nationes Unidas. Nueva York. 2009. 56 p.
Sales No. S.09.I.12. ISBN 978-92-1-300236-0.
Online version:
Tabla de progreso:

II.D    Trade, Finance and Commerce

Best Practices in Investment for Development Case Studies in FDI: How to utilize FDI to
Improve Transport Infrastructure – Roads - Australia and Peru. (Investment Advisory
Series, Series B, number 1)
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. xx, 95 p. (UNCTAD/DIAE/PCB/2009/1)
Sales No. E.09.II.D.13. ISBN 978-92-1-112773-7.
Online version:

Best Practices in Investment for Development Case Studies in FDI - How to Utilize FDI to
Improve Infrastructure – Electricity - Chile and New Zealand. (Investment Advisory Series,
Series B, number 2)
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. xii, 113 p. (UNCTAD/DIAE/PCB/2009/2)
Sales No. E.09.II.D.14. ISBN 978-92-1-112774-4.
Online version:

The Protection of National Security in IIAs (UNCTAD Series on International Investment
Policies for Development).
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. xx, 157 p. (UNCTAD/DIAE/IA/2008/5)
Sales No. E.09.II.D.12. ISBN 978-92-1-112772-0.
Online version:

Rapport annuel de la CNUCED 2008: Penser le développement; de nouvelles propositions.
Nations Unies. Genève. 2009. 75 p. (UNCTAD/DOM/2009/1)

Rapport sur l’investissement dans le monde 2009: Sociétés transnationales, production
agricole et développement; vue d’ensemble.
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2009. vii, 58 p. (UNCTAD/WIR/2009 (Overview))
Online version:

Trade and Development Report, 2009: Overview.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. 33 p. (UNCTAD/TDR/2009 (Overview))
Online version:

World Investment Report 2009: Transnational Corporations, Agricultural Production and
Development; Overview.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. v, 48 p. (UNCTAD/WIR/2009 (Overview))
Online version:

II.E    Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)

Enhancing the Innovative Performance of Firms: Policy Options and Practical Instruments.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. ix, 137 p. (ECE/CECI/8)
Sales No. E.09.II.E.4. ISBN 978-92-1-116999-7
Online version:

Environmental Performance Review: Kyrgyzstan; Second Review.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. xx, 194 p. (ECE/CEP/153)
Sales No. E.09.II.E.7. ISBN 978-92-1-117003-0.
Online version:

Forest Products Annual Market Review 2008-2009.
(Geneva Timber and Forest Study Paper 24)
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. xviii, 1645p. (ECE/TIM/SP/24)
Sales No. F.09.II.E.7. ISBN 978-92-1-117007-8.

Mapping of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral
Resources: Report of the UNECE Task Force on Mapping. (Energy Series No. 33)
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. vi, 67 p. (ECE/ENERGY/71)
Sales No. E.09.II.E.6. ISBN 978-92-1-117002-3.
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Règlement intérieur de la Commission économique pour l'Europe: Cinquième édition
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2009. iii, 18 p. (E/ECE/778/Rev.5)
Online version:

Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of the Economic Commission for Europe: Fifth
revised edition.
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. iii, 17 p. (E/ECE/778/Rev.5)
Online version:

Transboundary Water Cooperation: Trends in the Newly Independent States.
(Water Series No. 4)
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2006. vi, 126 p. (ECE/MP.WAT/16)
Sales No. E.06.II.E.8. ISBN 978-92-1-116942-3.

Turkey meat – carcases and cuts: 2009 Edition. (UNECE Standard)
United Nations. New York and Geneva. 2009. vi, 54 p. (ECE/TRADE/358)
Sales No. E.07.II.E.2. ISBN 978-92-1-116954-6.
Online version:

Viande porcine – carcasses et découpes: Édition 2009. (Norme CEE-ONU)
Nations Unies. New York et Genève. 2009. vi, 54 p. (ECE/TRADE/358)
Sales No. F.07.II.E.2. ISBN 978-92-1-216490-8.
Online version:

II.H     Public Administration

Good Practices and Innovations in Public Governance: United Nations Public Service Awards
Winners and Finalists, 2003-2009.
United Nations. New York. 2009. xv, 284 p.
Sales No. E.09.II.H.1. ISBN 978-92-1-123180-9. (ST/ESA/PAD/SER.E/139)
Online version:

III.B United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Human Development Report 2009: Overcoming barriers; Human mobility and development.
United Nations Development Programme. New York. 2009. xii, 217 p.
ISBN 978-0-230-23904-3.
Online version:

Rapport mondial sur le développement humain 2009: Lever les barrières;
Mobilité et développement humains.
Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement. New York. 2009. xi, 237 p.
ISBN 978-2-7071-5879-6.
Online version:

III.T International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/WTO)

International Trade Forum, Issue 2, 2009. 34 p.
“Aid for Trade, Investing in People”
Online version:
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III.Q United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Global Report on Human Settlements 2009: Sustainable Cities – Policy Directions.
UN-Habitat. Nairobi. 2009. xxx, 306 p.
ISBN 978-92-113-2162-3.
Online version:

Global Report on Human Settlements 2009: Sustainable Cities – Policy Directions; Abridged
UN-Habitat. Nairobi. 2009. xxx, 84 p.
Online version:

XVII International Statistics

Monthly bulletin of Statistics / Bulletin mensuel de statistique: Issue No. 1058, Vol. LXIII,
No. 8, August 2009 / Edition n° 1058, Vol. LXIII, n° 8, août 2009.
United Nations/Nations Unies. New York. 2009. xii, 322 p. (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/440)
Online version:

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