FLAGSHIP publications are the outstanding and major outputs in publication format of selected organizations.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Millennium Development Goals Report 2012
The report presents the yearly assessment of global progress towards the MDGs, highlighting several milestones – three important MDG targets have been met well ahead of the target date of 2015. The report says that meeting the remaining targets, while challenging, remain possible – but only if Governments do not waiver from their commitments made over a decade ago.
Millennium Development Goals Report 2011
The report confirms significant overall progress towards achieving the global targets against extreme poverty. However, efforts need to be fortified especially among the most vulnerable members of the global population who continue to be marginalized as a result of sex, age, ethnicity or disability.
UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012
The survey underlines the significance of greater connectivity in infrastructure and transport, and of more investment in the Asia-Pacific region’s human resources and the necessity to increase and diversify the productive capacity of the least developed countries.
UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
Human Development Report 2012
The 2013 Human Development Report (HDR) examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising powers of the developing world – and its implications for human development. The South is developing at a pace unprecedented in human history, with hundreds of millions of people being lifted out of poverty in developing nations and billions more poised to join a new global middle class. It’s not only the so called BRICS that are at the forefront of the Rise of the South - Bangladesh, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, and Vietnam are among the human-development high achievers highlighted.
UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
Trade and Development Report 2012
The Trade and Development Report 2012 reviews recent trends in the global economy and explores the links between income distribution, growth and development. Global output growth is slowing down. In developed economies, high unemployment, ongoing deleveraging and downward pressures on real wages are causing lack of demand.
World Investment Report 2012
The report shows that global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows exceeded the pre-crisis average in 2011, reaching $1.5 trillion despite turmoil in the global economy. It also illustrates increasing FDI inflows across all major economic groupings in 2011.
The Least Developed Countries Report 2012
LDC 2012 addresses the issues of remittance flows to LDCs and the potential role of diasporas in LDCs’ development. It argues that with the right policies and international support, LDCs could enhance the benefits from remittances and the knowledge and know-how accumulated in their diasporas. Using evidence and policy lessons from other countries, the report shows how LDCs could better harness remittances and diaspora knowledge to build their productive capacities.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
The Climate Change Starter’s Guidebook
The guidebook provides an overview for education planners and practitioners on the wide range of issues relating to climate change and climate change education, including causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as some broad political and economic principles.
UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)
Global report: UNAIDS report on the global aids epidemic 2012
The 2012 report on the global AIDS epidemic contains the latest data on numbers of new HIV infections, numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths and HIV among children.
HIV in Asia and the Pacific: Getting to Zero
The AIDS epidemic in the region is at a crossroads. The report found that more people than ever before have access to HIV services. However, most countries in the region are a long way from achieving universal access goals for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
UNEP Year Book 2013 - Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment
The UNEP Year Book series examines emerging environmental issues and policy-relevant events and developments. It also presents the latest trends using key environmental indicators.
Kick the Habit: A UN guide to climate neutrality
For climate change is upon us, and the problem is here to stay. But it is still in our power – as individuals, businesses, cities and governments – to influence just how serious the problem will become. We have the choice how to act, but the change we need to make ourselves. We can make a difference by supporting the transition to a climate-neutral world. This concept – climate neutrality – is the subject of this book.
UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency)
The state of the World’s Refugees: In search of solidarity
The State of the World's Refugees provide detailed, in-depth analysis of the plight of the world's millions of displaced people. The authors examine the major crises and challenges faced by UNHCR for over fifty years.
UNHCR Global Report 2011
The Global Report (published in June) offers a comprehensive view of the agency's challenges and achievements worldwide.
UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)
The State of World Population 2012
This flagship report analyzes data and trends to understand who is denied access and why. It examines challenges in expanding access to family planning. And it considers the social and economic impact of family planning as well as the costs and savings of making it available to everyone who needs it. The report asserts that governments, civil society, health providers and communities have the responsibility to protect the right to family planning for women across the spectrum, including those who are young or unmarried.
The Demography of Adaptation to Climate Change (2013)
This book addresses a major gap in adaptation efforts to date by pointing to the vital role that an understanding of population dynamics and an extensive use of demographic data have in developing pre-emptive and effective adaptation policies and practices.
UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund)
The State of the World’s Children (2012)
The flagship report discusses the situation of children growing up in urban settings. Cities are known to generate economic growth – but, as the report reveals, not all children are benefiting from urban expansion. In this increasingly urban world, the absence of a sustained focus on child rights means that some children are being left behind.
Humanitarian Action for Children (2013)
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 highlights the situation of children and women across countries; draws attention to the support needed to help these children survive and thrive; and shows the results UNICEF and partners are working toward.
UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
World Drug Report 2012
This edition presents a long-term perspective and looks at the main characteristics of the contemporary drug problem, the ways it has changed over the last few decades, the driving factors that shaped this evolution, and the directions it is likely to take in the future.
World Drug Report 2011
The report focuses on developments in global drug markets and tries to elucidate the factors that drive them.
UNDESA Publications and Reports
(United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs)
A renewed global partnership for development
The global partnership for development, as crystallized in Millennium Development Goal 8, has played a crucial role in galvanizing international support for development. Given the global challenges at hand, there is an urgent need for true collective action from all countries to create an enabling environment for development at all levels. The latest report of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda provides a set of recommendations on the global partnership for development in the post-2015 era.
World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013
Growth of the world economy has weakened considerably during 2012 and is expected to remain subdued in the coming two years. The global economy is expected to grow at 2.4 per cent in 2013 and 3.2 per cent in 2014 a significant downgrade from the UN’s forecast of half a year ago. The report also foresees a much slower pace of poverty reduction in many developing countries and a narrowing fiscal space for investments in critical areas for achieving the MDGs.
UN Global Compact
2011 Annual Review of Business Policies and Actions to Advance Sustainability
In 2011, 1,325 companies from over 100 countries responded to the Global Compact Implementation Survey – making it the largest annual study conducted on corporate responsibility policies and practices by business globally.
Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change
Climate adaptation offers competitive advantages to business worldwide. In response to a survey of global businesses, 86 percent described responding to climate risks or investing in adaptation as a business opportunity.
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
The State of Food and Agriculture 2012
It shows that farmers are the largest investors in developing country agriculture and argues, therefore, that farmers and their investment decisions must be central to any strategy aimed at improving agricultural investment. The report also presents evidence showing how public resources can be used more effectively to catalyse private investment, especially by farmers themselves, and to channel public and private resources towards more socially beneficial outcomes.
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012
It presents new estimates of undernourishment based on a revised and improved methodology. The new estimates show that progress in reducing hunger during the past 20 years has been better than previously believed, and that, given renewed efforts, it may be possible to reach the MDG hunger target at the global level by 2015. However, the number of people suffering from chronic undernourishment is still unacceptably high, and eradication of hunger remains a major global challenge.
The State of World’s Forests 2012
This tenth edition of The State of the World’s Forests explores the role of forests in human history, finding strong links between forest use and economic and social development and between unabated forest destruction and economic decline. It suggests that forest production has an important role to play in a sustainable future in which consumption and production are connected in a closed cycle. It points out the importance of striking a balance between forest conservation and use, and proposes four strategies for ensuring that forests make their vital contribution to a greener, more sustainable world.
IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
IAEA Annual Report 2011
The report summarizes and highlights developments over the past year in major areas of the Agency’s work.
Lessons Learned from the Response to Radiation Emergencies
ILO (International Labour Organization)
Global Employment Trends 2013: Recovering from a second jobs dip
It highlights how the crisis is increasingly raising trend unemployment rates, partly driven by sectoral shifts of jobs that had been triggered by the crisis. Despite historically low interest rates in many advanced economies, investment and employment have not shown tangible signs of recovery. Depressed growth prospects have started to spread to the developing world, where low productivity and wage growth continues to remain an issue in most regions, preventing improvements in employment and disposable incomes, in particular among poorer countries, and adding to a rise in global inequality.
Global Wage Report 2012-13
The 2012/13 edition looks at the macroeconomic effects of wages, and in particular at how current trends are linked to equitable growth. The gap between wage growth and labour productivity growth is widening, the difference between the top and bottom earners is increasing, and the labour income share is declining.
WTO (World Trade Organization)
WTO Annual Report 2012
The WTO Annual Report 2012 provides a brief summary of the organization, an overview of 2011 and a detailed review of the WTO's main areas of activity: trade negotiations; implementation of WTO agreements and trade monitoring; dispute settlement; building trade capacity; and outreach. It also includes a personal message from the Director-General, who reflects on the events of 2011 and the challenges that lie ahead.
Tourism in the green economy (2012)
The Tourism Background Report is an extended version of the Tourism Chapter of the Green Economy Report (GER), which makes the case for investments in greener and sustainable tourism as a means to create jobs and reduce poverty while also improving environmental outcomes.
Emerging Market Priorities for Global Retailers (2006)
Global Risks 2007: A Global Risk Network Report