DESA News Vol. 11, No. 4 April 2007

Publications and websites

Technical report

Ending Violence against Women Ending Violence against Women: From Words to Action - Study of the Secretary-General

Violence against women is a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights. It causes untold misery, cutting short lives and leaving countless women living in pain and fear in every country in the world. This study calls for efforts to eradicate violence against women to become a higher priority at the local, national and international level. The study identifies ways to close the gap between States’ obligations under international norms, standards and policies and their inadequate and inconsistent implementation at the national level.

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World Programme of Action for Youth Guide to Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth

This guide focuses on what governments can do to fulfill the vision enshrined in the World Programme of Action for Youth. Published by the Division for Social Policy and Development of DESA, the report acknowledges a need for a new impetus to be given to the design and implementation of youth policies and programmes. Each section of the book briefly examines the concept of each of the fifteen priority areas of the Programme of Action, and how they affect the lives of youth. It looks at mechanisms and specific policies to enhance the political, cultural and socio-economic opportunities for youth.

The recommendations and ideas contained in the book are guided by analyses, case studies, lessons learned and good practices from by a wide range of sources.

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Meeting records

Global Alliance for ICT and Development Foundations of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development

This title is a resource for understanding the genesis and evolution of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development and the action it has action to harness the power of information and communications technology for sustainable development and poverty eradication. The publication is a compilation of documents that were discussed by stakeholders prior to the establishment of the Global Alliance. Proceedings of the Alliance’s inaugural meeting in Kuala Lumpur, and its business plan are included. The Global Alliance was launched after comprehensive worldwide consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical and internet communities and academia.

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Statistical compilations

Statistical Yearbook Statistical Yearbook, Fiftieth Issue

The UN Statistical Yearbook is an annual compilation of a wide range of international economic, social and environmental statistics of over 200 countries and areas of the world, compiled from sources including UN agencies and other international, national and specialized organizations.

The fiftieth issue contains data available to the Statistics Division as of March 2006 and presents them in 76 tables on topics such as: agriculture; balance of payments; culture and communication; development assistance; education; energy; environment; finance; industrial production; international merchandise trade; international tourism; labour force; manufacturing; national accounts; nutrition; population; prices; research and development; transport; and wages. The number of years of data shown in the tables varies from one to ten, with the ten-year tables covering 1994 to 2003 or 1995 to 2004. Accompanying the tables are technical notes providing brief descriptions of major statistical concepts, definitions and classifications. Publication symbol ST/ESA/STAT/SER.S/26. Sales number E/F.06.XVII.1.

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Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles 2004

The Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles 2004 presents internationally comparable energy data for selected developing countries. This issue includes energy balances for 83 countries and electricity profiles for 123 countries. The energy balance data are arranged to show energy production, trade, conversion and consumption for each fuel used in the countries. The electricity profiles cover detailed information on the production, trade and consumption of electricity, net installed capacity and thermal power plant input. Publication symbol ST/ESA/STAT/SER.W/13. Sales number E/F.06.XVII.12.

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Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

MBS provides monthly statistics on more than 50 indicators from over 200 countries and areas, together with special tables illustrating important economic developments. Quarterly data for significant world and regional aggregates are included regularly.

Vol. LXI, no.1, January 2007 ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/409

Special features in this issue: Civil aviation traffic (passenger-km, cargo net ton-km); total exports and imports by countries or areas (volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars).

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Working paper

Building Common Ground Building Common Ground: United Nations Connecting with Silicon Valley

This working paper published in collaboration with the RiOS Institute presents the insights and perspectives of leaders and experts in the field of Information and Communication Technologies and Development on the evolving relationship between Silicon Valley and the United Nations, and how Silicon Valley could contribute to the work of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development.

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Outreach material

Progress in Statistics Wall Chart on the World’s Women 2005: Progress in Statistics

This colourful and illustrative chart presents selected statistics and indicators published in the annex of The World’s Women 2005: Progress in Statistics. It includes key indicators for each country on women and men in the areas of: population, marriage, health, education, economic activity, and participation in political decision-making, and charts the extent of global reporting of sex-disaggregated statistics in those areas. Through easy-to-read maps, it also identifies those countries that conducted a population census in the 2000 census round and those that registered at least 90 percent of births during the period 1995-2003. The table includes, in addition to official data reported by countries or areas, estimates prepared by the United Nations and other international agencies. Publication symbol ST/ESA/STAT/SER.K/18. Sales number E.06.XVII.6.

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World Population Prospects World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision

The Population Division has released an online version of World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision, which provides official United Nations estimates and projections of the world’s population from 1950 to 2050. A number of hard-copy publications related to the 2006 revision, including reports and wall charts, as well as CD-ROMs will be issued in the coming months.

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Sustainable Consumption and Production Initiatives Sustainable Consumption and Production Initiatives

The redesigned sustainable consumption and production database includes updated information on existing initiatives as well as 40 new initiatives, expanding the total number to 134. The upgraded database includes summaries of initiatives by sector, and highlights a different SCP initiative everyday. It also features better search and browse functions.

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