11 December 2017
The world economy has strengthened as lingering fragilities related to the global financial crisis subside. In 2017, global economic growth reached 3 per cent—the highest growth rate since 2011—and growth is expected to remain steady for the coming year. The improved global economic situation provides an opportunity for countries to focus policy towards longer-term issues such as low carbon economic growth, reducing inequalities, economic diversification and eliminating deep-rooted barriers that hinder development. World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2018.
The Secretary-General’s Report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Implementing a Zero-Tolerance policy (A/72/751)
The 2018 Secretary-General’s report Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) was prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 71/278 and 71/297. It provides information on measures to strengthen the system-wide response to sexual exploitation and abuse, including progress in implementation of the zero-tolerance policy and the Secretary-General’s ‘new approach’ strategy outlined in A/71/818.
The report also includes Information on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse relating to personnel in peacekeeping and special political missions, other United Nations entities and non-United Nations international forces authorized by a Security Council mandate (covering 1 January to 31 December 2017).
The report and annex can be found here: https://www.un.org/preventing-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse/content/secretary-generals-reports
Mini report on SDGs: “Progress for Every Child”
The report highlights that it is difficult to measure trajectories towards the global targets because there is not enough data and where trajectories can be measured, many countries are not on track. Solutions are possible and governments and increased investment from the private sector will help improve measuring and monitoring progress. Link to the report: http://uni.cf/sdgreport
UNHCR’s report: HER TURN reveals that social and cultural conventions often result in boys being prioritized over girls to attend school. Poor facilities such as a lack of appropriate toilet facilities and menstrual supplies can block refugee girls’ access to schools. Adding to the challenge, the cost of books, uniforms and the journey to school can be prohibitive for refugee families. There is also an urgent need to recruit and train more female teachers from within both host and refugee communities to ensure they promote best practice and guard against behaviour that will deter girls from setting foot in the classroom.The report notes that for refugee girls, a quality education is protective. It reduces vulnerability to exploitation, sexual and gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy and child marriage. Additionally, if all women received a primary level education, child deaths from diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia would fall. Link to the report: http://www.unhcr.org/herturn/
Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN Women)
UN Women its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” on 14 February 2018. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Two and a half years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, this first-of-its-kind report examines through a gender lens the progress and challenges in the implementation of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Agenda’s focus on peace, equality and sustainability provides a powerful counter-narrative to the current rise of conflict, exclusion and environmental degradation. Yet, women are up against an unprecedented set of challenges in all these areas, and urgent action is needed to address them. The report highlights how, in the lives of women and girls, different dimensions of well-being and deprivation are deeply intertwined: a girl who is born into a poor household and forced into early marriage, for example, is more likely to drop out of school, give birth at an early age, suffer complications during childbirth, and experience violence—all SDGs targets—than a girl from a higher-income household who marries at a later age.
The sixty-seventh volume of the Yearbook of the United Nations, which covers the Organization’s global activities in 2013, was released online on 16 February 2018. The present volume records the work of the United Nations in 2013 as the Organization responded to the sharp rise in violent extremism and terrorist attacks around the world; worked to end violence and alleviate suffering in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere; adopted the landmark Arms Trade Treaty in April; and laid the foundations for a legally binding treaty to ban nuclear weapons that came to fruition in 2017. It also highlights the Organization’s efforts to address the mounting humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, where millions of people were displaced by the escalating civil war in Syria, and assisted those fleeing violence in other regions. Full access to all previous volumes of the Yearbook collection, dating to the 1946–47 edition, is provided online at https://unyearbook.un.org/. The Yearbook of the United Nations 2013, volume 67, will be available in print in March.
Click here to download the full report or click below to download each chapter
The print version of the latest issue of the quarterly magazine, Africa Renewal, is available online. The issue focuses on SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities. Associated stories examine various inequalities in Africa, whether based on income, disability, and education, among others. Current efforts at eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, eliminating discriminatory laws and promoting social inclusion, jobs for the young and other investments in social infrastructure, including in health and education sectors, have also been highlighted. There is also an analysis of the effectiveness of Africa’s representation on the world stage, given that most developing countries in the world are in Africa.
The electronic version of the magazine is available online at: http://www.un.org/africarenewal/ Versions for other platforms (tablets, smartphones, eBooks) may be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon.com.
TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2017
SUMMARY: In sharp contrast to the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the world economy remains unbalanced in ways that are not only exclusionary, but also destabilizing and dangerous for the political, social and environmental health on planet. even when economic growth has been possible, whether through a domestic consumption binge, a housing boom or exports, the gains have disproportionately accrued to the privileged few.
The Human Development Report is freely available online: http://hdr.undp.org/en/2015-report/download
Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa’s latest policy brief on “War and Peace in the Great Lakes Region”. The report is based on a CCR policy research seminar in Cape Town, from 19 to 20 March 2016. The meeting brought together about 30 prominent African and Western policymakers, scholars, and civil society activists to assess the major obstacles to peace and security in the Great Lakes, and considered seven broad themes: Security and Governance in the Great Lakes Region; the cases of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); Burundi; Rwanda; and Uganda; as well as the role of the United Nations; and that of the European Union, in the Great Lakes. ccrpb32_war_peace_great_lakes_28sep2016
V51-Great_Lakes_Report_D8 Centre for Conflict Resolution’s Great Lakes report 2015