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Earl Gregg Swem Library

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,United Nations

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/wesp/wesp_archive/2015wesp_full_en.pdf

Describes the economic prospects for 2015 including trends in international trade and finance, policy challenges, and five regional outlooks.  From the United Nations

 

2014 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance

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

http://www.ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2014-Report-to-Congress-Final.pdf

Annual report by the U.S. on the degree of China’s compliance with World Trade Organization commitments.  Identifies  areas where progress has been achieved and areas of concern.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Addressing the Global Health Crisis: Universal Health Protection Policies

Categories: Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,United Nations

http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_protect/—soc_sec/documents/publication/wcms_325647.pdf

Examines the extent of the global health crisis where many people lack the financial resources to pay for health care.  Annexes present data on total health expenditures, health coverage, and and skilled health workers for 171 countries.  From the International Labour Organization

 

Committee Against Torture: Concluding Observations on the Third to Fifth Periodic Reports of United States of America

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Immigration/Migration,Terrorism,United Nations

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CAT/Shared%20Documents/USA/INT_CAT_COC_USA_18893_E.pdf

United Nation’s response to U.S. report which finds 5 items to praise and 26 to criticize including use of tactics of extraordinary rendition, secret and indefinite detention, enhanced interrogation, and the treatment of immigrants.  From the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

Committee Against Torture: Concluding Observations on the Third to Fifth Periodic Reports of United States of America

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Immigration/Migration,Terrorism,United Nations

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CAT/Shared%20Documents/USA/INT_CAT_COC_USA_18893_E.pdf

United Nation’s response to U.S. report which finds 5 items to praise and 26 to criticize including use of tactics of extraordinary rendition, secret and indefinite detention, enhanced interrogation, and the treatment of immigrants.  From the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014

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

http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/glotip/GLOTIP_2014_full_report.pdf

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

http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgapreport2014/portals/50268/pdf/EGR2014_LOWRES.pdf

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41889.pdf

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

 

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