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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

This page was updated on: 01/12/10


2003
 

Human Development Key Publications and Online Resources Archives: 2010; 2009; 2008; 2007; 2006; 2005; 2004; 2002

 

COMMON GROUND: WOMEN’S ACCESS TO NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE UNITED NATIONS MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
(WEDO, December 2003) Produced by the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), this booklet demonstrates how linking the Millennium Development Goals, in particular those that focus on poverty eradication, gender equality and environmental sustainability (MDGs 1, 3, and 7), can increase women’s access to natural resources. It gives an overview of women’s relationship to natural resources, recommends strategies and actions for making gender equality central to MDGs, and offers links to further information on these issues. The booklet is downloadable at: http://www.wedo.org/sus_dev/common1.htm

 

THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN 2004
(UNICEF, December 2003) Highlighting the Millennium Development Goal of eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2005, UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2004 underscores how educating girls is critical to achieving international development goals. Officially launched at the recent World Summit on Information Society in Geneva, the report shows that enabling girls to receive a good quality basic education improves other indicators of human well-being, and that girls denied an education are more vulnerable to poverty, hunger, violence, abuse, exploitation, trafficking and diseases, and more likely to die in childbirth. It also shows the positive impact of educating girls, and details how breaking barriers that keep girls out of schools render going to school more welcoming for both boys and girls. The report makes a case that education must be approached as a human right rather than a privilege or an expected outcome of economic progress, in order to ensure that governments mobilize the necessary resources to allow children to complete a quality education. The report further calls for a change in how development is approached, including: regarding education as an essential component in development plans, eliminating school fees, integrating education into national poverty reduction plans and increasing international funding for education. The report is available at: http://www.unicef.org/sowc04/index.html

 

WORLD POPULATION IN 2300
(DESA, December 2003) The world’s population is projected to be about nine billion in 2300, according to a report circulated by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs at an Expert Meeting on World Population held on 9 December in New York. This figure is based on the assumption that mortality will steadily decline after 2050, which results in increase in life expectancy. The report has prepared for the first time a set of population projections to the year 2300 for each country of the world. The report outlines findings of different scenarios and highlights in its medium scenario, how Africa�s portion of the global population will increase from 13 to 24 percent from 2000-2300, while Asia�s will decrease from 61 to 55 percent and Europe�s from 21 to 7 percent. The report also finds that the world�s median age will rise from 26 years today to almost 50 years by 2300, due to the trend of continuously increasing longevity. The report is available at: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/longrange2/Long_range_report.pdf

STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2003 - MAKING 1 BILLION COUNT: INVESTING IN ADOLESCENTS� HEALTH AND RIGHTS

(UNFPA, October 2003) This year�s State of the World Population report focuses on the challenges of and need to safeguard health and human rights for adolescents. Noting that almost half of the world�s people are under the age of 25 and that 20 percent are adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19, with 87 percent of these adolescents living in developing countries, the report highlights how the educational and health status of adolescents, their readiness to take on adult roles and responsibilities, and the support they receive from their families, communities and governments will have significant consequences for the future. The report stresses that investment in adolescent reproductive health is critical for combating poverty and HIV/AIDS, and states that education, and access to information and services are essential to protecting and empowering young people, especially girls and young women. The report is available at: http://www.unfpa.org/swp/swpmain.htm  

 

GLOBAL REPORT ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS: THE SLUM CHALLENGE
(UN-HABITAT, October 2003) This year�s UN-HABITAT global report on human settlements focuses on slums, reviewing the reasons behind their growth and evaluating policy responses in recent decades. Using a new operational definition of slums that takes into account, inter alia, percentage of poor households having access to permanent housing compliance with local laws and access to water, sanitation and electricity, the report estimates that almost 1 billion people around the world dwell in slums. The report further projects that in the absence of policy action this figure could increase to 2 billion by 2030. Recommendations for the way forward emphasize increased political will, investment in infrastructure, pro-active urban planning and empowerment of the urban poor. Approaches are also identified for achieving Target 11 of Millennium Development Goal 7 to significantly improve the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by 2020. More information is available at: http://www.unhabitat.org/global_report.asp

 

REPORT ON THE WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2003 � SOCIAL VULNERABILITY
(UNDESA, October 2003) Prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs� Division for Social Policy and Development, this report is the 16th in a series of reports that provide a background for discussion and policy analysis of socio-economic matters at the intergovernmental level by contributing to the identification of emerging social trends of international concern and the analysis of relationships among major development issues. With the theme of �Social Vulnerability,� this year�s report aims to develop a frame of reference for identifying the source of social vulnerability, as well as discuss strategies for reducing vulnerabilities of selected social groups. More information is available at: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/rwss/rwss2003.htm

 

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: NATIONAL REPORTS, A LOOK THROUGH A GENDER LENS
(UNDP, 2003) This UNDP publication, which was released in May 2003, is now available online. The report reviews a selection of published MDG reports and assesses the extent to which gender concerns and perspectives have been mainstreamed into discussions of various MDGs in 13 countries around the world. The results of the assessment include consideration of gender as a cross-cutting issue, and how gender perspectives have been mainstreamed into discussions on poverty, education, infant mortality, maternal mortality/reproductive health, health and the third MDG goal concerning the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. The report is available at: http://www.undp.org/gender/docs/mdgs-genderlens.pdf

 

SOCIAL PANORAMA OF LATIN AMERICA 2002-2003, 11TH EDITION
(ECLAC, August 2003) This annual publication analyzes social trends within the Latin American and Caribbean region. This year�s edition focuses on hunger and examines the progress of the region�s countries towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2015. The study finds that over 40 percent of the region�s population were living in poverty by the end of 2002, and that 11 percent were undernourished and about 55 million people of the region suffered from some degree of malnutrition toward the end of the past decade. The report also considers: new benchmarks for poverty and income distribution; poverty analysis from a gender perspective; trends in social spending after the 1998 recession and changes in private expenditure on health care and education; and labor policies applied in Latin American countries. The report is available at: http://www.eclac.cl/cgi-bin/getProd.asp?xml=/publicaciones/xml/
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WORLD MIGRATION REPORT 2003
(International Organization for Migration, June 2003) Produced by IOM�s Migration Policy and Research Programme, this report presents the latest trends in international migration and provides insight into �the complex dynamic of a growing socio-economic, cultural and political phenomenon.� The report notes the role of globalization, trade liberalization and economic integration in encouraging labor mobility, and estimates the 2.9% of the world population are migrants, motivated mainly by economic opportunities. The report considers, inter alia: the root causes of migration; relations with migrant diasporas; integration of migrants in host societies; sustainable integration for returning migrants; migrants� rights; and linkages between migration and development and trade. The report further highlights effective migrant management policies, and states that effective and human migration management policies benefiting migrants and society depend on broad international cooperation. More information is available online at: http://www.un.org/Pubs/whatsnew/e03174.htm

 

E-FLASH PROVIDES UPDATES ON PREPARATIONS FOR THE WSIS
Published regularly by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), E-Flash updates readers on preparations underway for the WSIS. The Summit, which is to be held in two parts, the first in Geneva in December 2003 and the second in Tunisia in November 2005, aims to develop a better understanding of the information and communication technologies (ICT) revolution and its impact on the international community. The July issue of E-Flash contains articles on: preparations for the upcoming intersessional meeting in Paris, engaging the business community, and the Pan-Arab WSIS regional conference. The issue also highlights relevant upcoming events and WSIS initiatives, including the launching of the Francophonie WSIS website. Read or subscribe to E-Flash at: http://www.itu.int/wsis/newsroom/eflash/latest.html

 

TIME FOR EQUALITY AT WORK
(ILO, May 2003) ILO has launched its first global report on discrimination at work. The report, entitled �Time for Equality at Work,� states that workplace discrimination remains a persistent global problem, with new and more subtle forms of discrimination emerging. It finds that women are by far the largest discriminated group, noting the significant gap in income between the sexes in most countries, and further highlights new and emerging forms of discrimination based on disability, HIV/AIDS, age and sexual orientation. The report states that people who suffer from discrimination experience a persistent �equality gap,� and warns that failure to address these socio-economic inequalities not only points to a waste of human talent and resources, but could also have potentially �disastrous effects on national social cohesion, political stability, and hence growth. The report is available online at: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/decl/publ/reports/report4.htm

 

UN DEMOGRAPHIC YEARBOOK 2000
The United Nations has recently launched its Demographic Yearbook, a source of national population and vital statistics for over 233 countries or areas in the world. The book provides statistics on population size and composition, fertility, mortality, infant and fetal mortality, marriages and divorces. More information is available at: http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/pressrels/2003/dev2412.html 

 

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