Economic and Social Affairs
Counterfeit: Don’t buy into organized crime (UNODC)
To coincide with World Anti-Counterfeiting Day (5 June 2014), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched a new consumer awareness brochure on the links between counterfeiting and organized crime. The brochure takes into account the unique position of consumers to encourage change through their choices and behaviour. By highlighting some of the key harms attached to counterfeit goods, the brochure urges this group to be aware of just how risky purchasing these items can be both to themselves and to the wider community.
Emerging issues for Small Island Developing States: Results of the UNEP Foresight Process
Climate change-induced sea-level rise in the world’s 52 small island nations – estimated to be up to four times the global average – continues to be the most pressing threat to their environment and socio-economic development; with annual losses at the trillions of dollars due to increased vulnerability. An immediate shift in policies and investment towards renewable energy and green economic growth is required to avoid exacerbating these impacts, says a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) release on World Environment Day (5 June 2014).
How oceans- and seas-related measures contribute to the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: Local and regional experiences (DESA)
The e-publication is a contribution to a growing collection of studies on how to conserve and sustainably manage the resources of the oceans and seas to foster sustainable development. It contains a selection of successful local and regional examples of oceans- and seas-related measures from around the world. In particular, the publication seeks to illustrate how these measures were able to contribute to all three dimensions of sustainable development with benefits not only for the environment, but also for local communities and national economies.
Prevention and reduction of food and drink waste in businesses and households: Guidance for governments, local authorities, businesses and other organisations” (UNEP / FAO / WRAP – Think.Eat.Save Guidance)
A new tool, as part of SAVE FOOD Initiative and FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme, provides guidance to governments, local authorities, businesses and others on designing effective food waste prevention programmes.
Raising tax on tobacco: what you need to know (WHO)
Raising taxes on tobacco is the most effective policy to reduce tobacco use. It is also the most cost-effective. This short brochure gives examples of how countries including France, the Philippines and Turkey have successfully introduced strong tobacco tax policies. It also breaks down the myths spread by the tobacco industry about the impact of tobacco tax increases. Lastly, it lists what WHO recommends for further progress towards more widespread strong tobacco tax policies.
Squandering Humanity: Socioeconomic Monitoring Report on Syria; Combined third and fourth quarter report (July – December 2013) (UNRWA / UNDP / Syrian Centre for Policy Research)
Even as the death toll from Syria’s three-year civil war continues to rise, the country’s human development has also suffered immense collateral damage – the economy has been gutted, the healthcare system is in ruins, and education facilities are “teetering” – according to a new joint United Nations report out on 28 May 2014. According to the report, covering the last two quarters of last year, three out of four Syrians now live in poverty, with more than half the population – 54.3 per cent in 2013 – living in extreme poverty. As the conflict grinds on with no end in sight, some 20 per cent of the population now barely has the means to meet basic needs.
State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources (FAO)
Report in English: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3825e.pdf
Key findings – English: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3827e.pdf
Key findings – French: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3827f.pdf
This first volume of “The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources” constitutes a major step in building the information and knowledge base required for action towards better conservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources at the national, regional and international levels.
State of the World’s Midwifery: A Universal Pathway – A Woman’s Right to Health
Report in English: http://unfpa.org/public/home/publications/pid/17601
Executive Summary & Fact Sheet in English & French: http://unfpa.org/public/home/pid/16021
When trained and supported by a functional health system, midwives could provide 87 per cent of the essential care needed for women and newborns, and could potentially reduce maternal and newborn deaths by two thirds. This was among the findings of this report launched on 3 June 2014 by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners
World of Work Report 2014: Developing with jobs (ILO)
Report in English, Summary in English, French & Spanish: http://un4.me/1lZh05t
This year’s edition focuses on developing countries and argues that quality jobs are a key driver for development. It draws on evidence from over 140 developing countries and finds that a common factor amongst those countries that have achieved higher per capita income and sustained growth was quality jobs.
World Social Protection Report 2014-15 (ILO)
Report in English: http://un4.me/1sqy3lI
Executive Summary & French: http://un4.me/SW2BeC
This new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) presents the latest social security trends and finds that most people are without adequate social protection at a time when it is most needed. According to the report, more than 70 per cent of the world population is not adequately covered by social protection and only 27 per cent of the global population enjoys access to comprehensive social security.