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Earl Gregg Swem Library

World Population Prospects: Key Findings and Advance Tables: 2015 Revision

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics,United Nations

World’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050.  Half of the world’s population growth over the next 35 years is expected to occur in just nine countries with India, Nigeria, and Pakistan as the leaders.  From the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations


The Year in Trade 2014: Operation of the Trade Agreements Program …

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Treaties,United Nations

Latest in a series of annual reports presented to Congress on trade policy and all activities relating to the administration of international trade agreements.  The country continued to run a deficit on trade in goods and a surplus on trade in services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission


2014 Mental Health Atlas

Categories: Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics,United Nations

Claims to be the best source for information on the global mental health situation.  Provides baseline data against which progress towards the objectives of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 is to be measured.  From the World Health Organization


Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development

Categories: Climate Change,Health/Medical,United Nations

Describes the development of and increasing need for Heat-Health Warning Systems, first developed in Philadelphia in 1995, and considered to be of increasing importance as global warming intensifies.  From the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization.


The Sea Route to Europe: The Mediterranean Passage in the Age of Refugees

Categories: Greece,Immigration/Migration,Italy,Middle East Conflict,United Nations

Tables, charts, and narrative which describe the number of refugees arriving in the first 6 months of 2015, the reasons for their refugee status, the shift in the primary routes used by refugees, and the struggle of European countries to cope with the refugee tide.  From the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Uniting Our Strengths for Peace: Politics, Partnership and People: Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,United Nations

Assesses the effectiveness of the organization which is carrying out 40 missions across four continents.  Examines the gap between what is being asked of UN peace operations and what they are able to deliver.  Calls for four shifts in design and delivery of future UN peace operations.  From the United Nations


Greenhouse Gas Pledges by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,United Nations

Briefly summarizes the existing commitments and pledges of selected national and regional governments to limit their greenhouse gas emissions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Discrimination and Violence Against Individuals Based on Their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Sex Issues,United Nations

Draws on recent findings of UN bodies and other organizations to update a 2011 report and proposes ways to reduce discrimination and violence against LGBT individuals.  From the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


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