The United Nations
UN Development Initiatives
The (MDGs) are 8 goals, comprising 21 targets and 60 indicators, to halve extreme poverty by 2015 and create a global partnership for development. Signed on to by all the world's countries and the world's leading development institutions, they represent a blueprint for ending global poverty and have galvanised unprecedented support from governments, institutions and civil society organisations.
Gapminder is a tool used by the United Nations to visualize the Millennium Development Goals.
UN Environmental Initiatives
Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures. The UNFCCC secretariat supports all institutions involved in the climate change process, particularly the COP, the subsidiary bodies and their Bureau.
The IPCC is a scientific intergovernamental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Hundreds of scientists all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC as authors, contributors, and reviewers. As United Nations body, the IPCC work aims at the promotion of the United nations human development goals.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Dutch-Belgian finance group Fortis today announced the first project agreements of the new MDG Carbon Facility, a joint effort to support greenhouse-gas-reducing development projects through the carbon-trading mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol.
UN Gender Equality Initiatives
The Women United Nations Report Network(WUNRN) Website
The WUNRN website is a worldwide information center and forum. It acts as a catalyst to encourage women's NGO's, other organizations and programs to exchange information on research and practical programs to promote tolerance and end discrimination against women based on religion and traditions. Organizations in the Anthology are listed under Juridical and Factual Aspects. Expansion of the WUNRN Anthology will increasingly benefit organizations and individuals wanting to exchange information on their specific focus issues related to the U.N. Study.
UN Progress Papers and Publications
- 2011 State of the World’s Children report entitled ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity, UNICEF, Feburary 2011
- A Users' Guide to Measuring Corruption, 2008, Afroza Chowdhury, Nathaniel Heller, Raymond June, Jonathan Eyler-Werve, UNDP and Global Integrity
- The Millennium Development Goals Report, 2007, United Nations.
This report is based on a master set of data that has been compiled by an Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat.
- Developing Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators: What We Can Learn From The Past, 2007, Christopher Freeman, Luc Soete, United Nations University (UNI-MERIT). The dramatic growth over the last twenty years in the use of science, technology and innovation (STI) indicators appears first and foremost the result of a combination between on the one hand the easiness of computerized access to an increasing number of measures of STI and on the other hand the interest in a growing number of public policy and private business circles in such indicators.
- A Survey of Composite Indices Measuring Country Performance: 2006, Romina Bandura, UNDP/ODS.
The following paper presents an update of the June 2005 survey of country indices that rank or assess countries according to some measure.1 The present update includes new indices launched between June 2005 and November 2006 and adds indices that existed before this period but for various reasons were omitted in the 2005 survey. The picture that emerges from this update confirms the main findings of the 2005 report, that is, the quantity of indices has been accelerating since 1990, with a greater number of institutions elaborating such indices. Moreover, the issues covered by the indices are growing and are varied in nature ranging from children’s health to a country’s business environment.
Girls' education has been expanding all over the world, but not fast enough to ensure a basic education for millions of children still out of school or to ensure the progress of countries that lag behind. Progress for Children reports on where the world stands in its commitment to eliminate gender disparity in education by 2005: the first Millennium Development target agreed to by the international community and key to achieving the goal of universal primary education by 2015.
- A User’s Guide to Measuring Gender-Sensitive Basic Service Delivery, 2009, Lorraine Corner and Sarah Repucci, UNDP and UNIFEM
- A Knowledge Economy Paradigm and its Consequences, 2006, Luc Soete, UNU-MERIT, Netherlands
- Information and Intellectual Property: The Global Challenges, 2006, Rishab Aiyer Ghosh and Luc Soete, UNU-MERIT, Netherlands
- Women and Children, The State of the World's Children, 2007, UNICEF
- Excluded and Invisible, The State of the World's Children 2006, UNICEF
- The World’s Women 2005, Progress in Statistics, 2005, Department of Economicand Social Affairs, Statistics Division, UN