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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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


Progress for Children: Beyond Averages: Learning from the MDGs

Categories: Children,Education,Headlines,Income/Poverty,United Nations

Final report on the child-related Millennium Development Goals of the UN.  Despite progress, millions of children are living in poverty, dying before they turn five, and suffering chronic malnutrition.  From UNICEF


The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Israel,Middle East Conflict,United Nations

Suggests that possible war crimes were committed by both Palestinian and Israeli armed groups during the 51 day conflict.  Includes both the report and detailed findings of the Commission.  From the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


Tracking Universal Health Coverage: First Global Monitoring Report

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,United Nations

The first report of its kind to measure health services coverage and assess progress toward universal health coverage.  From the World Health Organization


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