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Apr 18 2013

Launch of the UN Depository Libraries - Global Outreach Map

To share ideas of outreach activities, promote interests in global UN issues and encourage the use of UN information resources, Dag Hammarskjöld Library has recently launched a Global Outreach Map.  With this map, feedback about the kind of research works related to the collection of UN documents and publications, list of promotional activities and training workshops organized by the UN Depository Libraries will be published.  Click on link to view the map now,  http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/deplib/index.html

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Apr 17 2013

UN Documentation Research Guide: updated and expanded

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the appointment of Dag Hammarskjöld  as Secretary-General, the library has recently launched a new UN Documentation Research Guide (http://research.un.org/en/docs) with expanded and updated information. Beginning in April 2013, the old guide will not be updated, with the exception of the current General Assembly and Security Council resolutions tables.  New research guides include a guide to online UN information resources (http://research.un.org/en/un-resources).  For more about what newly included, please check http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/resguide/new.htm

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Mar 06 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  • WomenWatch: UN Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Empowerment
  • The WomenWatch website is dedicated to providing “information and resources on gender equality and empowerment of women.” It is an initiative of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) and the site is a veritable cornucopia of information on this vast and timely subject. In the Quick Links and Features, visitors can view the UN Gender Equality News Feed, which is a great way to get a sense of the main issues affecting women around the world. Moving on, the Documents and Publications area contains seminal reports such as “Seeing Beyond the State: Grassroots Women’s Perspectives on Corruption and Anti-Corruption.” Also, the News and Highlight s area contains links to partner organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. These links include radio clips, news releases, and other key pieces of information.

  • Gifts of Speech: Women’s Speeches from Around the World
  • The Gifts of Speech site brings together speeches given by women from all around the world. The site is under the direction of Liz Linton Kent Leon, who is the electronic resources librarian at Sweet Briar College. First-time users may wish to click on the How To… area to learn how to navigate the site. Of course, the FAQ area is a great way to learn about the site as well, and it should not be missed as it tells about the origin story for the site. In the Collections area, visitors can listen in to all of the Nobel Lectures delivered by female recipients and look at a list of the top 100 speeches in American history as determined by a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A & M Univ ersity. Users will also want to use the Browse area to look over talks by women from Robin Abrams to Begum Kahaleda Zia, the former prime minster of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 9, March 1, 2013]

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Feb 06 2013

United Nations Handbook 2012/13 - Now available as a FREE digital publication!

This year is the 50th edition of the United Nations Handbook which is published annually since 1961 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand as a ready reference guide. This handbook provides current and useful information on all the UN family organisations, including their aims, evolutions, structures, memberships and an overview of activities.

The e-copy is free for download at http://www.mfat.govt.nz/UNHB2012/index.php with features including fully searchable text, an active contents page and index and the ability to leave bookmarks and notes.

 

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Jan 16 2013

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. In the Time of Cholera
  2. No Girls Allowed
  3. A New U.S. Grand Strategy
  4. The Answer Man
  5. Why the U.S. Can’t Abandon Afghanistan

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 7th - 10th January 2013]

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Oct 13 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. 10 Years of War - An FP Roundtable
  2. Will the Real Benjamin Netanyahu Please Stand Up?
  3. The Price of Failure
  4. From Tahrir Square to Wall Street
  5. The IgNobels
  6. Are You So Mad at Pakistan You Can’t Feel Sorry for Them?
  7. South Africa’s Dictator Dance
  8. Ten Years in Afghanistan
  9. The America Issue
  10. America’s Pacific Century
  11. The Myth of American Exceptionalism
  12. America Really Was That Great
  13. Written on the Wall
  14. America at Dusk
  15. Think Again: Nuclear Power

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 5th - 12th October 2011]

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Sep 27 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. The Do-Nothing Strategy
  2. Bank Shot
  3. Machine Gun Menace
  4. All Roads Lead to Islamabad
  5. The World’s Top Executioners
  6. When They Were Kings
  7. Children of the Revolution: Libya
  8. The Promised Land

 

[Source: Foreign Policy, 16th - 22nd September 2011]

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Sep 23 2011

Climate Change Headlines from UNFCCC

  1. Ban urges leaders to show greater commitment to agreement on climate change
  2. US warns developing nations on emissions ‘escape hatches’
  3. ‘Involve cities in climate talks’
  4. UNFCCC backs businesses in Caring for Climate
  5. UN urges govt to commit to low carbon economies
  6. Displacement device need of hour: PM
  7. Save planet from climate change fallout
  8. Get moving on climate plans, U.N. says
  9. UN chief wants ‘timely action’ to preserve dryland
  10. Ex-President Clinton tells world leaders in NY that green energy movement needs financing
  11. Developing Countries Designs for the Green Climate Fund
  12. Environment minister expected in Bamako
  13. Failure to protect forests will lead to huge financial losses – UN-backed report
  14. Committee designing UN-backed green climate fund reports good progress
  15. COP 17 key for decision on carbon capture’s inclusion under CDM
  16. EDWARD WEST: Open SA’s energy sector before we miss the boat
  17. Firms ‘acting on climate change’
  18. Durban summit must clarify our role in REDD+, say financiers

 

[Source: UNFCCC, 13th - 21st September 2011]

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Sep 15 2011

WHO Maps Noncommunicable Disease Trends in All Countries

14 SEPTEMBER 2011 | GENEVA - A new World Health Organization (WHO) report features information about the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) situation in 193 countries, as global leaders prepare to meet at the United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases in New York, 19-20 September 2011.

 

“This report indicates where each government needs to focus to prevent and treat the four major killers: cancer, heart disease and stroke, lung disease and diabetes,” says Dr Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at WHO.

 

The report includes details of what proportion of each country’s deaths are due to noncommunicable diseases. Using graphs in a page-per country presentation format, the report provides information on prevalence, trends in metabolic risk factors (cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and blood sugar) alongside data on the country’s capacity to tackle the diseases.

 

Noncommunicable diseases are the top cause of death worldwide, killing more than 36 million people in 2008. Cardiovascular diseases were responsible for 48% of these deaths, cancers 21%, chronic respiratory diseases 12%, and diabetes 3%.

 

“Premature” deaths

In 2008, more than 9 million of all deaths attributed to NCDs occurred before the age of 60; 90% of these “premature” deaths occurred in low and middle income countries. One of the findings shows that men and women in low-income countries are around three times more likely to die of NCDs before the age of sixty than in high-income countries.

 

According to these estimates, the proportion of men dying under the age of 60 from NCDs can be as high as 67%. Among women under 60, the highest proportion was 58%.

 

The lowest rates of mortality from noncommunicable diseases for men under 60 were 8% and for women under 60 it was 6%.

 

Risk factors

The profiles report on the proportion of people who smoke and are physically inactive. They also indicate trends for four factors that increase people’s risk of developing these diseases, blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood sugar over the past 30 years.

 

In the United States of America, for example, 87% of all deaths are due to noncommunicable diseases. 16% of the population smokes and 43% are physically inactive. On average, blood pressure has decreased since 1980; body mass index has increased; and glucose levels have risen.

 

Overall, the trends indicate that in many high income countries, action to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol is having an impact, but there is a need to do more on body mass index and managing diabetes.

 

Countries’ capacity to prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases

The profiles show what countries are doing to tackle noncommunicable diseases in terms of institutional capacity, specified funding, and actions to address the four main diseases and their associated risk factors.

 

The report also highlights what all countries need to do to reduce people’s exposure to risk factors and improve services to prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases.

 

UN high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases

The UN meeting will highlight the importance of setting targets for progress. This report provides all countries with a baseline for monitoring epidemiological trends and assessing the progress they are making to address noncommunicable diseases. The WHO plans to issue an updated report in 2013.

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Sep 14 2011

Sustainable Development Headlines From Global Issues

  1. Development: ‘Boomerang Aid Enriches Donors’
  2. Bolivia: Rainforest Road Will Have Environmental and Cultural Impacts
  3. Climate Change: Nepali Women Sow a Secure Future
  4. U.S., Eu Sign Pact To Combat Fishing ‘piracy’ On High Seas
  5. Mexico: Traditional Maize Can Cope with Climate Change
  6. Developing Countries’ Designs For The Green Climate Fund
  7. Environment: Shrimp Farm Certification: Mere Greenwashing?
  8. Cote D’Ivoire: Suspended Exports Dent Scrap Metal Dealers’ Prospects
  9. Q&A: Africa Keen to Ensure Kyoto Protocol Survives
  10. Citizen Actions Turn Up The Heat For A Warming Planet

 

[Source: Global Issues News Headlines, 6th-13th September, 2011]

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