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Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Sex Issues,United Nations

Claims that one out of three trafficking victims is a child, probably a female child.  Describes reasons for trafficking, regional flows, and poor law enforcement which results in few arrests or convictions.  From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

Examines whether the pledges of carbon emissions limitations made by countries are on track to meet the internationally agreed upon 2 degree Centigrade target.  Argue for a halving of all greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century followed by movement toward carbon neutrality and net zero total greenhouse gas emissions by century’s end.  From the UN Environment Programme


International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Categories: Climate Change,Congress,Environment,Govt Finance,United Nations

Discusses mechanisms for aiding developing countries in their climate change activities and focuses on the proposed United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Green Climate Fund.  Reviews operational details that would need to be clarified and the role a skeptical Congress might have to play.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


International Trade Statistics 2014

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

Provides a detailed overview of the latest developments in world trade.  Covers both merchandise and services trade.  Includes appendix with statistical tables.  From the World Trade Organization


Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report: Longer Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

Final report of the IPCC Fifth Assessment on the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change.  Focuses on new results since the publication of the Fourth Assessment in 2007.  Covers observed changes and their causes, future climate change risks and impacts, and adaptation/mitigation options. From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report: Summary for Policymakers

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,United Nations

Executive summary for the final report of the Fifth Assessment Report.  Finds that warming of the climate is unequivocal, acceleration in the rate of change has occurred since the 1950s, and recent emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history.  From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


The World in 2014: ICT Facts and Figures

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,United Nations

Latest statistics on worldwide mobile broadband use, cellular telecommunications and more.  From the International Telecommunication Union


Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: Part B: Regional Aspects

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,United Nations

The most comprehensive look to date at the worldwide impacts of climate change and the opportunities for response.  Part B offers a regional perspective on how climate change affects various continents and special regions.  Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


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