UN in General
The Essential UNThe Essential UN
English: https://www.un.org/en/essential-un/

Take a moment to learn about the UN. The United Nations remains an essential pillar of the international system, working around the world, around the clock, for peace, sustainable development and human rights. At a time when challenges are increasingly global, and our fates are inexorably intertwined, understanding the United Nations itself—its aims, workings and ideals—is more important than ever. The Essential UN website, available in multiple languages, provides a succinct and interactive way to quickly grasp the essentials of the Organization through fast facts, short videos, information cards and fun quizzes.

United Nations Digital Library
Introductory video: https://youtu.be/HUuM44pkklU




The new United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) provides easy access to documents, maps and voting data, as well as non-sales publications and will help citizens and researchers of the world find the UN information they need, quickly and accurately. It provides one global point of access to UN information – current and historical; content is updated daily.
What can you find in the United Nations Digital Library? UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, UN content freely available around the world, Content in 6+ languages.

High-Level meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (UN Headquarters, 18 September 2017)
English: https://www.un.org/preventing-sexual-exploitation-and-abuse/

High-Level meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse On 18 September 2017, the Secretary-General will convene a High-Level meeting on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at UNHQ, New York. The event will serve as a visible demonstration of the solidarity of the international community in condemning and committing to combatting this scourge while placing the rights and dignity of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse at the forefront of shared efforts. In preparation for the high-level meeting, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has developed a system-wide website, which includes an events page with information on the high level meeting as well as information on what the United Nations is doing to combat this scourge.

Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: ensuring a better future for all; Report of the Secretary-General(A/72/124–E/2018/3, 11 July 2017)
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/A/72/124
“Summary: … The present report is the first report of the Secretary-General on the repositioning of the United Nations development system, but it is only the beginning of a change process. The development system review will evolve over the remainder of 2017, culminating in a second report in December, which will further elaborate on this vision and deliver on the remaining mandates of General Assembly resolution 71/243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system.”

Concept paper for the open debate of the Security Council on “UN peacekeeping operations: their potential contribution to the overarching goal of sustaining peace”
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/S/2017/692
The Security Council will hold an open debate on 29 August 2017 the theme “United Nations peacekeeping operations: their potential contribution to the overarching goal of sustaining peace”. Egypt, the Security Council President for August, has prepared this concept paper.

High-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/36/27, 4 July 2017)
English, French & Spanish: http://undocs.org/A/HRC/36/27
“Summary: The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 30/5. It provides a summary of the high-level discussion on the question of the death penalty held on 1 March 2017 at the thirty-fourth session of the Council. The objective of the panel discussion was to continue the exchange of views on the question of the death penalty and to address violations related to the use of the death penalty, in particular with respect to the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Nuclear, Chemical and Conventional Weapons Disarmament
The Biological Weapons Convention: An Introduction (June 2017)
The Implementation Support Unit of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) which is based within the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs has prepared an information brochure about the Convention. Produced with financial assistance from the European Union, the document describes in an easily understandable manner the importance and benefits of the Convention.    

Economic Development in Africa Report 2017: Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth. United Nations. New York

Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth examines the role that tourism can play in Africa’s development process. It identifies the main barriers to unlocking the potential of tourism in Africa to help structurally transform the continent’s economy and provides policy recommendations on how to overcome them. In sum, tourism can be an engine for inclusive growth and a complement to development strategies aimed at fostering economic diversification and structural transformation within an appropriate policy context. ..http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/aldcafrica2017_en.pdf

Economic Development in Africa Report 2017


 World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017: Update as of mid-2017(DESA)
Growth in the global economy has picked up in the last six months in line with expectations, but in many regions, growth remains below the levels needed for rapid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2017 report, launched on 16 May 2017 at UN Headquarters. The report identifies a tentative recovery in world industrial production, along with reviving global trade, driven primarily by rising import demand from East Asia. World gross product is expected to expand by 2.7 per cent in 2017 and 2.9 per cent in 2018, unchanged from UN forecasts released in January this year. This marks a notable acceleration compared to just 2.3 per cent in 2016.https://un4.me/2q06mAB


World Investment Report 2017: Investment and the Digital Economy (UNCTAD)


Even though digital multinational enterprises – Internet and e-commerce platforms such as Uber, Instagram and Facebook – witnessed “dramatic” growth over the past few years, more than 60 of the top 100 such ventures were concentrated in three countries (the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany), leaving much room to grow elsewhere, a new, ground-breaking United Nations report has revealed. According to the report released on 7 June 2017 by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), only four companies in the top 100 were based developing nations.

UN Chronicle, Volume LIV, Number 1 & 2, 2017: “Our ocean, our world”. 75 p.


Drug Control, Crime Prevention and Counter-terrorism

General Assembly approves creation of new UN Counter-Terrorism Office

 Resolution A/RES/71/291 –  http://undocs.org/A/RES/71/291


 World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision



The world population is now nearly 7.6 billion, up from 7.4 billion in 2015, spurred by the relatively high levels of fertility in developing countries – despite an overall drop in the number of children people have around the globe – the United Nations reported on 21 June 2017. The concentration of global population growth is in the poorest countries, according to World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, presenting a challenge as the international community seeks to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which seeks to end poverty and preserve the planet. “With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline,” said the report’s authors at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. At this rate, the world population is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and surpass 11.2 billion in 2100.


World Employment and Social Outlook Trends for Women 2017 (ILO)







 Gender gaps remain one of the most pressing challenges facing the world of work. Women are substantially less likely than men to participate in the labour market, and once in the job market, they are less likely than men to find a job and the quality of employment they do find remains a key concern, a new ILO report shows. Helping women access the labour market is nevertheless an important first step. Yet, in 2017, the global labour force participation rate for women – at just over 49 per cent – is nearly 27 percentage points lower than the rate for men (table 1), and is forecast to remain unchanged in 2018. In 2014, G20 leaders made a commitment to reduce the gap in participation rates between men and women by 25 per cent by the year 2025. The report estimates that if this goal was realized at the global level, it has the potential to add US$ 5.8 trillion dollars to the global economy. This could also unlock large potential tax revenues. For example, global tax revenue could increase by US$ 1.5 trillion, most of it in emerging (US$ 990 billion) and developed countries (US$ 530 billion), the report noted. Northern Africa, the Arab States and Southern Asia would see the greatest benefits given that in these regions the gaps in participation rates between men and women exceed 50 percentage points.


Renewables 2017 Global Status Report


 The world is now adding more green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed on 7 June 2017, showing that the “renewables train has already left the station” and those who ignore this will be left behind. Last year, renewable power installments increased by nine per cent over 2015 to nearly 2,017 gigawatts. Solar photovoltaic accounted for around 47 per cent of the total additions, followed by wind power at 34 per cent and hydropower at 15.5 per cent, according to the report.

Discussion papers on the theme of the high-level political forum on sustainable development, submitted by major groups and other stakeholders (E/HLPF/2017/2, 8 May 2017)



The present document is a compilation of the executive summaries of the position papers on the theme of the high-level political forum, “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, submitted by the various major groups and other relevant stakeholders that have autonomously established and maintained effective coordination mechanisms for participation in the high-level political forum on sustainable development, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 67/290.

Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa: Report of Secretary- General…https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N17/177/13/PDF/N1717713.pdf?OpenElement

Report of  Secretary – General on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo..https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N17/182/76/PDF/N1718276.pdf?OpenElement

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025 – Special focus: Southeast Asia…http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/5117051e.pdf













UNOCHA: New UN fund to tackle looming famine in Nigeria reaches $24 million.
English: http://reliefweb.int/report/nigeria/new-un-fund-tackle-looming-famine-nigeria-reaches-24-million