Recent UN Reports

Global Biodiversity Outlook 3
Global Biodiversity Outlook is the flagship publication of theConvention on Biological Diversity. Drawing on a range of information sources, including National Reports, biodiversity indicators information, scientific literature, and a study assessing biodiversity scenarios for the future, the third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) summarizes the latest data on status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions for the future strategy of the Convention.
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ESCAP’s Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2010
The 2010 edition of the oldest and most comprehensive annual review of economic and social development spanning all economies in this vast and diverse region, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2010 assesses the critical issues, policy challenges and risks that the region faces in the months ahead as it leads the world economy to recovery after the first global economic contraction in modern history. It also outlines the elements of a policy agenda for regaining the region’s dynamism through inclusive and sustainable growth.
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MDG Gap Task Force Report 2009
Although development assistance rose to record levels in 2008, donors are falling short by $35 billion per year on the 2005 pledge on annual aid flows made by the Group of Eight in Gleneagles, and by $20 billion a year on aid to Africa, according to the 2009 Report of the MDG Gap Task Force. The Task Force brings together more than 20 UN agencies, the IMF, World Bank, WTO and OECD to track progress on the development partnership called for in the eighth Millennium Development Goal.
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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2009
More than halfway to the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), major advances in the fight against poverty and hunger have begun to slow or even reverse as a result of the global economic and food crises, a progress report by the United Nations has found. The assessment, launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Geneva, warns that, despite many successes, overall progress has been too slow for most of the targets to be met by 2015.
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World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009
Provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and of some key global economic policy and development issues. One of its purposes is to serve as a point of reference for discussions on economic, social and related issues taking place in various United Nations entities in 2009. This full report includes regional overviews and detailed trends in global trade and finance.
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State of the World’s Children 2009: The Maternal and Newborn Health
Examines the current state of maternal and neonatal health, explores the fundamentals of a supportive environment for mothers and newborns, and outlines ways to strengthen efforts in support of primary health care.
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State of World Population 2008: Reaching Common Ground – Culture, Gender and Human Rights
Demonstrates that an appreciation for cultures and values is a critical but sometimes overlooked aspect of successful development strategies. It shows how culture can strengthen and validate human rights perspectives and enable their broader acceptance, ownership and realization. The report argues that synergy between the global human rights agenda and cultural aims can help advance the Millennium Development Goals and contribute to ending extreme poverty.
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Trade and Development Report 2008: Commodity Prices, Capital Flows and the Financing of Investment
Highlights the paradox that the “capital poor” developing world is exporting capital to the “capital rich” developed countries. The Report suggests shifting the focus in financial policies from households “putting more money aside” and imports of “foreign savings”, to the reinvestment of profits and credit creation through the domestic banking system.
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