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New UN Organization for Women

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The United Nations is amalgamating four of its organizations for women into a single entity called UN Women. “UN Women merges and will build on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system which focus exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment: Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW, established in […]

Library Journal’s Notable Government Documents for 2009

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Library Journal has published their annual selection on the most pertinent government documents of the past year. Important issues included: Digitization – “Google launched a collaborative project to scan every U.S. government document held by the libraries of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. At the project’s end, the full text of […]

New databases from UN system organizations

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  is “the oldest international organization in the UN family….(providing leadership) for information and communication technology issues.”  The ITU has just launched its “History of ITU Portal” which contains ITU historical documents from radio, telegraph and telephone conferences.  Note, the process of digitization is currently underway and as of this date […]

New Climate change report released – Copenhagen Diagnosis

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The Copenhagen Diagnosis was released yesterday in advance of the December 7th United Nations-led climate change conference in Copenhagen — This report is an update from the 2007 assessment of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) You can read the full report here Read the Times Colonist story here

Women’s Rights: 4 Agencies into one at the UN

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

The United Nations has just announced that it will be consolidating  four disparate organizations devoted to women’s/gender issues into a single entity. “The resolution means the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the UN International Research and Training […]

New UN report concludes evidence of war crimes in Gaza Conflict

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Read the  news story from the Vancouver Sun  here. You can read the full advanced edited 575 page report here. The report was just released Tuesday Sept. 15 in advance of the its presentation to the UN Human Rights Council later this month.

New UN Arab Human Development Report 2009

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The 208 page report was released Tuesday and was sponsored by the UN Development Program.  The report written by more than 100 independent intellectuals and scholars from Arab countries discusses the challenges to human security in the Arab countries. You can find the entire report here

UN names Canada as major producer of “Party Drugs”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The United Nations has just released the 2009 World Drug Report and has named Canada, particularly the West Coast as  a major producer and exporter of ecstasy and methamphetamine. See the full report here.

New Treaty Database from the UN

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The UN recently put up a database of Diplomatic Conferences which will provide the searcher with access to documents/background information on the negotiation of 12  international treaties.  The oldest conference contained in the database is the Law of the Sea, 1958 and the most recent is Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, […]

Terrorism Legislation Database from the UN

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The United Nations Office for Drug & Crime (UNODC) has just created a database containing “counter-terrorism conventions, national criminal laws and case laws relevant to terrorism. ” From the site’s homepage: “This site aims to provide comprehensive and accurate legal information on the steps taken by the international community and individual countries in the fight against […]

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