Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

The State of Food Insecurity in the World: 2014

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Statistics,United Nations

Reports on the progress made in reducing world hunger and reaching Millennium Development Goal 1C of reducing the number of undernourished people in developing countries by one-half by  2015.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization  and partner agencies.


Global Estimates 2014: People Displaced by Disasters

Categories: Statistics,United Nations,Weather/Disasters

Presents estimates of the number of people displaced during 2013 by disasters, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions or weather-related, and by conflicts.  Also includes trends from 2008 to 2013.  From the United Nations Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre


Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2014

Categories: Africa,Births/Deaths,Children,India,Statistics,United Nations

Reports progress in reducing the level of child deaths with a decline from 12.7 million of under-five deaths worldwide in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013.  Also reports on the leading causes of under five death and the worse countries (India and Nigeria).  From UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank


Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014

Categories: Environment,Science/Technology,United Nations

Finds that Montreal Protocol has led to stabilizing of ozone layer in latest measurements of the earth’s ozone layer.  Sums up the assessments of 300 scientists.  From the UN Environment Programme


The “Islamic State” Crisis and U.S. Policy

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Iraq,NATO,Syria,United Nations

Reviews the emergence of ISIS as a transnational insurgent movement, the success of their summer campaign in northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria, and U.S. policy options. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. Military Action Against the Islamic State: Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Iraq,Syria,United Nations

Discusses selected legal questions raised by the use of military force against ISIS including the extent of presidential authority to use military force without congressional approval, the applicability of the UN Charter to U.S. military strikes in Syria or Iraq and more.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative

Categories: Births/Deaths,Mental Health,United Nations

Offers a global knowledge base on suicide and suicide attempts.  Also presents strategies for countries to prevent suicides.  From the World Health Organization


Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,United Nations

Programs and case studies which show how to reduce the prevalence and impact of violence

against children.  A companion to Hidden in Plain Sight: A Statistical Analysis of Violence Against Children.  From UNICEF


Next Page »