The 2012 Global Trends report examines the previous editions to highlight any persistent blind spots and biases as well as distinctive strengths of this framework for strategic thinking. It also expands the coverage to disruptive technologies and the potential trajectories for the U.S role in the international system.
Informe elaborado por el National Intelligence Council (NIC) sobre las tendencias globales de los cambios en el sistema internacional. La 5ª edición revisa los informes previos para identificar los posibles sesgos y puntos débiles, así como fortalezas del marco operativo destinado al análisis estratégico. También incluye referencias al impacto de las nuevas tecnologías y las posibles vías de acción de los EEUU en el sistema internacional.
Press statement of the UN General Assembly resolution granting non-member observer State status to Palestine. The motion carried with a vote of 138 countries in favour, 9 against (Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Panama, Palau, United States) and 41 abstentions.
Comunicado de prensa de la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas sobre la resolución aprobada que otorga a Palestina la condición de Estado observador no miembro de la ONU. La moción fue aprobada con el voto de 138 países a favor, 9 en contra (Canadá, República Checa, Israel, Islas Marshall, Micronesia, Nauru, Panamá, Palau, EEUU) y 41 abstenciones.
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Message of UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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The communiqué was issued by the Secretary-General in accordance with rule 55 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council at the close of its 6863rd meeting, held in private on 14 November, which considered the item entitled ‘The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question’.
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The 2012 edition of the State of the Food Insecurity in the World –subtitled ‘Economic growth is necessary but not sufficient to accelerate reduction of hunger and malnutrition’- presents new estimates of undernourishment based on a revised and improved methodology. Download full report (PDF).
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Held from 2 to 27 July in New York, this Conference aimed to negotiate an arms trade treaty that would establish high common standards for international trade in conventional arms. Despite the efforts, the Conference could not reach agreement on a treaty text. See also the conference website.
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UNDESA presents the yearly assessment of global progress towards the MDG’s. According to the report ‘three important targets on poverty, slums and water have been met three years ahead of 2015’.
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The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, held in June 2012 in Rio de Janiero (Brazil), concluded with this Zero Draft outcome document. The conference focused on two themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development. More information on the Rio+20 website
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Speech delivered by President Bashar al-Assad at the People's Assembly of Syria on 3 June 2012 (in English). Available original text in Arabic.
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Results of the presidential elections in Egypt held form 23 to 24 May. Ahmed Shafiq and Mohamed Mursi are the candidates that will face off in the second round scheduled from 16 to 17 June.
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According to this year’s edition of the State of the World’s Human Rights, 2011 was a watershed year for activism. The report documents human rights issues of concern to Amnesty International during 2011, in 155 countries and territories around the world.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released this safeguards report on Iran’s nuclear programme on 25 May 2012. Iran continues to expand its programme and the IAEA has also found traces of uranium enriched to 27%.
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The UN Security Council strongly condemns the use of force against civilian population and the killings in El-Houleh (Syria) on 25 May 2012.
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The Constitutional Council has issued the official text of the final and definitive results of the election of the members of the Algerian National People’s Congress. The National Liberation Front (FLN) obtained 221 of the 462 seats. (In French)
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has released the second Arab Development Challenges Report. This publication attempts to go beyond the numbers to uncover processes that have underpinned mutually reinforcing drivers of social, economic and political exclusion. It argues that the development model followed in the Arab region can be placed on a more socially just foundation.
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‘The prospects for the global economy are slowly improving, but growth is expected to be weak, especially in Europe, and unemployment in many advanced economies will stay high’, according to this year’s edition of the World Economic Outlook. The report forecasts growth of 1.4 percent in 2012, and 2 percent in 2013 for advanced countries as a whole. This negative number for the euro reflects negative growth of around 2 percent in countries such as Italy and Spain.
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Unanimously adopting the resolution 2042 (2012) at its 6751st meeting on 14 April, the UN Security Council authorized an advance team to monitor the ceasefire in Syria and a team of up to 30 unarmed military observers ‘to liaise with the parties and to begin to report on the implementation of a full cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties’.
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The Six Point Peace Plan submitted to the UN Security Council on 16 March 2012, which is under debate, of the joint UN – Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, enforces a cease fire to take place across the country since 10 April 2012.
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The summit –held from 26 to 27 March- brought together fifty three Heads of State and Government, as well as representatives of the United Nations (UN), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), European Union (EU) and INTERPOL. The final communiqué provides important timelines for advancing nuclear security objectives, reflects the need to address both the issues of nuclear security and nuclear safety in a coherent manner for the sustainable peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and also sets out specific measures to prevent radiological terrorism. More information: Documents of the Nuclear Security Summit 2012.
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The United Nations E-Government Survey 2012: E-Government for the People examines institutional framework for e-government and assesses Member States’ government web portals with a focus on the provision of e-information and e-services, which include interactive, transactional, and e-participation features that connect governments and citizens. It ranks countries in accordance with the E-Government Development Index (EGDI), a composite indicator measuring the willingness and capacity of national administrations to use information and communication technologies to deliver public services.
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The World Water Day 2012 website is coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This year’s theme “Water and Food Security” is high on the agenda with three major international events (World Water Forum, World Water Day and World Water Week).
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has improved its Statistical Yearbook to make the statistical data on food and agriculture more accessible and meaningful to people who need to use them. The 2012 edition provides a snapshot of related economic, environmental and social trends and issues.
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The United Nations Department of Political Affairs has published new guidelines to help UN mediators and mission chiefs address the problem of sexual violence – as a threat to security and an impediment to peace- in peace agreements and cease-fires negotiations.
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Published by UNESCO and UIS, this atlas shows the educational pathways of girls and boys and the changes in gender disparities over time. Its information and analysis highlight the persistent of these disparities and the need for greater focus on girls’ education as a human right.
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‘The achievements made by women all over the world towards equity in education are still very far from making an impact on their having a fair share in the economy or in political power’, according to the Gender Equity Index (GEI) 2012. It also stresses that the lack of equity cannot be justified by a lack of resources. This annual index of Social Watch measures the gap between women and men in education, economy and political empowerment.
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The documentation of the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which is taking place from 27 February to 9 March, ranges from the empowerment of rural women, the financing for gender equality (agreed conclusions from the 52nd session) and the engagement of young women and men to advance gender equality.
The 9th edition of the UNEP Yearbook examines the most important events and developments from the year and provides the latest environmental science. It also highlights two emerging issues in detail: the benefits of soil carbon and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.
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The text -adopted by a vote of 137 in favour to 12 against with 17 abstentions- strongly condemned the continued “widespread and systematic” human rights violations by the Syrian authorities and demanded that the Government immediately cease all violence and protect its people.
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The speeches and statements of the participants in the 48th Munich Conference on Security Policy held from 3 to 5 February 2012. Themed ‘A World In Disarray -- Shifting Powers -- Lack Of Strategies’, this year’s conference addressed topics ranging from the repositioning of US military power to the ‘Arab Spring’ and to the mounting difficulties in sustaining security under increasing financial pressure.
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This draft resolution of the UN Security Council –based on a text supporting Arab League’s Proposed Peace Plan- was vetoed by China and Russia as two of the Council’s five permanent members. It is the second draft resolution on Syria vetoed by the same countries since 2011.
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The HRW World Report documents ongoing human rights practices in the world and summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. The introductory essay of the 22nd edition examines the Arab Spring and the creation of an opportunity for change in the region.
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The Green Economy Report –‘Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication’- is compiled by the Green Economy Initiative of the UN Environment Programme in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide. It shows that greening economies is a new engine of growth, a net generator of decent jobs and a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty.
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The Obama Administration has responded to ‘We the People’ petitions on SOPA and online piracy (VETO the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information and Stop the E-PARASITE Act). The official response highlights that 'the important task of protecting intellectual property online must not threaten an open and innovative internet'.
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The Council of the European Union adopted new sanctions on Iran at the 3142th Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 23 January. The document includes a ban on the import, the purchase and the transport of crude oil and petroleum products.
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This year’s edition of the WESP stresses that global economic growth started to decelerate on a broad front in mid-2011 and this slow growth is expected to continue into 2012 and 2013. The WESP report provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy.
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According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), migration is a topic that often has negative and polarizing connotations. This year’s edition of the World Migration Report (WMR) argues for a fundamental shift in the way we communicate about migration and includes a review of migration trends and major policy issues in 2010/2011.
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‘Women at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopes’ is a new report of the United Nations Environment Programme, which focuses on women, gender issues and climate change.
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The latest United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Durban (South Africa) ended with an agreement to start negotiations on a new accord that would put the 194 countries under the same legal regime enforcing commitments to control greenhouse gases.
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The 2011 edition of the International Labour Organization’s World of Work Report highlights that it will not be possible to recover successfully from the Great Recession unless social inequalities are addressed through well-designed policies.
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The UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet outlines a comprehensive policy agenda of 16 concrete steps to end violence against women globally focusing on three critical pillars: prevention, protection and provision of services.
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The 2011-2012 Country Brand Index (CBI) documents perceptions around 113 nations. The index is based on interviews, insights and key opinion-makers and consultant’s information collected through social media tools. Canada takes the No.1 spot, followed by Switzerland and New Zealand. Spain is ranked 14.
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Amnesty International (AI) documents the human rights violations committed by the Egypt’s Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) which assumed power after the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in February. The abuses in some cases exceeds Mubarak’s record.
This report presents the 5th Transparency International Bribe Payers Index, which ranks 28 of the world’s largest economies according to the perceived likelihood of companies from these countries to pay bribes abroad.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released this safeguards report on Iran’s nuclear programme and allegations of weaponization efforts on 8 November.
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‘ICTs as an Enabler for Private Sector Development (PSD)’ is the sixth edition in a series of annual reports published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development. It shows that the potential of leveraging information and communication technologies (ICTs) to develop the private sector is far from fully exploited, and makes policy recommendations on how to remedy this situation.
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The 2011 edition of the State of the World Population –published by the UN Population Fund (UNPFA) and entitled ‘People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion’- explains the trends that are defining our world of 7 billion people and documents actions that people in different countries and circumstances are taking in their own communities.
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The 9th edition -in a series of annual reports published by IFC and the World Bank- compares business regulations in 183 economies and measures regulations affecting eleven areas of everyday business activity.
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This report is part of the UN Environment Programme’s ‘Global Environmental Outlook-5’ (GEO -5) series, the UN’s most authoritative assessment of the state, trends and outlook of the global environment. It is conceived as a new compilation of statistical data which highlights the environmental changes that have swept the planet over the last twenty years. See more GEO-5 publications.
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Urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together, according to the HDR 2011 – subtitled ‘Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All’. The 2011 Report also includes Human Development Index (HDI) and updated editions of the complementary indices introduced in the 2010 Report (the Inequality-Adjusted HDI, the Gender Inequality Index, and the Multidimensional Poverty Index).
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The declarations and reports of the Cannes G20 Summit of the Heads of State and government held in France from 3 to 4 November include:
Statement by US President Barack Obama on the declaration of liberation in Libya.
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In this statement, the US President Barack Obama announces that troops from Iraq will return by the end of the year.
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The resolution adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council –at its 6634th meeting on 21 October- calls for the end of violence in Yemen and condemns human rights violations and the excessive use of force by the country’s authorities against peaceful protesters as well as violence by other groups.
Remarks of the US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with the Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril on 18 October at the World Islamic Call Society.
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This year’s edition of the State of the Food Insecurity in the World –subtitled ‘How does international price volatility affect domestic economies and food security?’- highlights the differential impacts that the world food crisis of 2006-08 had on different countries, with the small and import-dependent countries being most affected and specially vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity. It was produced by the three Rome-based agencies the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
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The first Global Study on Homicide is a comprehensive cross-national and time series homicide data from 207 countries and territories. It provides an overview of crime as a phenomenon marked by large disparities in distribution, demographics, typologies and mechanisms.
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This draft resolution of the UN Security Council -which had strongly condemned Syrian authorities for their violent crackdown against protesters this year and called for an immediate end to human rights abuses- was vetoed by China and Russia as two of the Council's five permanent members.
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According to the September 2011 issue of the GFSR, ‘the risks to global financial stability have increased substantially in recent months, during which heavy public debt burdens and weak growth prospects in many advanced economies combined with a series of shocks to the global financial system’.
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‘While almost every country has high vulnerability in one major climate impact area, much damage caused by climate change is still readily preventable by a wide range of adaptation techniques’, according to the Climate Vulnerability Monitor developed by DARA and the Climate Vulnerable Forum.
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In his address to the Assembly’s annual general debate on 23 September, Mahmoud Abbas refers to the Palestinian application for full membership of the United Nations on the basis of the so-called 4 June 1967 borders.
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According to the World Economic Outlook (WEO) – released in September 2011-, ‘global activity has weakened and become more uneven, confidence has fallen sharply recently, and downside risks are growing’.
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The report released by the World Economic Forum highlights that Switzerland remains at the top of the ranking while Singapore overtakes Sweden for second position. The US continues its decline for the third year in a row running to fifth place. Spain's ranking goes up six places to 36th position, versus 42nd in the previous edition of the GCR.
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The 2011 edition of the Trade and Development Report focuses on the post-crisis policy challenges in the world economy, and highlights that the recovery is slowing down and that the “two-speed recovery” is mainly the result of wide differences in domestic demand.
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Statement by the President of the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Syria. The statement condemns the widespread violation of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the country’s security forces, and calls for an end to violence.
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This year’s edition of the World Trade Report examines the growing number of preferential trade agreements (PTA’s) and describes its historical development and the current landscape of agreements.
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According to this Middle East/North Africa Report – published on 13 July by ICG- the Syrian regime seems be digging its own grave in an attempt to survive at all costs, and the situation appears to have reached a dead end although it could get worse, especially given the difficult economic conditions in the country.
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The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy magazine presented the seventh annual Failed States Index (FSI). This year’s index draws on some 130,000 publicly available sources to analyze 177 states and rate them using 12 social, economic, political and military indicators of pressure on the state during the year 2010.
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The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the principal diplomatic tool of the U.S government to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. This year’s edition calls for ‘a Decade of Delivery’ building on the progress of the last 10 years seen through the enactment of anti-trafficking laws and ratification of the UN’s TIP (Palermo) Protocol by most of the countries.
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The WESS 2011, subtitled The Great Green Technological Transformation, calls for a complete transformation of technology on which human economic activity is based, to meet both the objectives of conquering poverty and protecting the environment.
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This year’s edition of the Progress on World’s Women: In pursuit of Justice Report –published by UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women- is focused on women’s access to justice. The report recognises the progress worldwide but calls on governments to take action to end the injustices that keep women poorer and less powerful than men.
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The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs presents the yearly assessment of global progress towards the MDG’s. According to the report ‘significant strides have been made towards the Millennium Development Goals, yet reaching all the goals by the 2015 deadline remains challenging, as the world’s poorest are being left behind’.
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This year’s edition of the WDR shows that same patterns of 2010 continue in 2011. The production and abuse of prescription opioid drugs and new synthetic drugs rose while the global markets for cocaine, heroin and cannabis declined.
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a historic set of international standards aimed at improving the working and living conditions of domestic workers who care for families and households. The standards approved at the 100th annual conference state that the domestic workers must have the same basic labour rights as those available to other worker. See also: Text of the Recommendation Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
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This report documents human rights violations in Daraa governorate. Published on 1 June, it is based on more than 50 interviews with victims and witnesses to abuses by Syrian security forces.
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The fifth edition of the Global Peace Index has expanded to rank 153 independent countries by their peacefulness and updated with the latest-available figures and information.
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The final documents of the Deauville G-8 summit held in France from 26 to 27 May include: a ‘Renewed commitment for freedom and democracy’ (final declaration), the ‘Declaration of the G8 on the Arab Springs’, the ‘Deauville Partnership’ (helping the Arab countries in their transition to free and democratic societies) and the G8/Africa joint declaration.
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The fourth report in a series of the UNEP’s International Resource Panel seeks to apply the concept of decoupling economic growth and human wellbeing from negative environmental impacts and escalating resource use to address this challenge.
In the Joint Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the EESC and the Committee of the Regions, the European Commission lays out stronger relationships with neighbouring countries.
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In this statement, the US President Barack Obama lays out his vision for a new chapter in American diplomacy towards the region.
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The latest edition of the International Labour Organization (ILO) –entitled Equality at work: The continuing challenge- notes that new forms of discrimination at work arise while the old challenges remain at best only partially answered.
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The latest edition of the GIT report highlights –subtitled Transformations 2.0- collects the insights of practitioners, academics and industry experts and explores the new wave of transformations caused by ICT developments.
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The European Economic and Social Committee adopted this resolution by 149 votes to 11 with 10 abstentions at its plenary session on 15 and 16 March 2011.
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This document contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the translations of speeches delivered in the other languages at the special session on Syria of the United Nations Security Council held on 27 April. No resolution was adopted.
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The 2010 revision of World Population Prospects, the official United Nations population projections prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, states that the current world population of close to 7 billion is projected to reach 10.1 billion in the next 90 years, reaching 9.3 billion by the middle of this century.
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According to the survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, ‘Egyptians are optimistic about the changes that have transformed their country’s politics’. The military, the Muslim Brotherhood and April 6 Movement have a positive opinion, as well as political leaders Amr Moussa and Mohamed ElBaradei. The US, however, continues to receive negative ratings.
The resolution adopted by the Security Council –at its 6523rd meeting on 27 April- extends the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 30 April 2012.
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Published by the World Bank, the WDR 2011: Conflict, Security and Development aims to provide insights on the political, security and economic dimensions of conflict resolution. It draws on the analysis of researchers and the experience of policy-makers in the development community, the UN system and the regional institutions.
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The Council of the European Union Decision 2011/210/CFSP on EU military operation in support of humanitarian assistance operations in response to the crisis situation in Libya (EUFOR Libya), issued on 1 April 2011.
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Published by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the ITS 2010 offers a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in world trade, covering the details of merchandise trade by product and trade in commercial services by category.
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Released in March 2011, the SOFA 2010-2011 highlights the significant contributions of women to the rural economy in all developing country regions. According to this, ‘increasing women’s access to land, livestock, education, financial services, extension, technology and rural employment would boost their productivity and generate gains in terms of agricultural production, food security, economic growth and social welfare’. Also available: executive summary.
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Published in March 2011, the second edition of the Strategic Trends series contains a global overview of the main strategic trends identified by the CSS, such as emerging markets and fractures geopolitics, the changing regional dynamics in the Middle East, terrorism and counterterrorism ten years after 9/11 and narcotics as a growing security concern.
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Published by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in March 2011, this data sheet has the latest data on a wide variety of indicators on the socioeconomic status of women and girls in more than 180 countries. It also includes a special section on overcoming barriers to gender equality.
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The resolution adopted by the Security Council -at its 6498th meeting on 17 March- imposes a ban on all flights in Libya’s airspace - a no-fly zone - and tightened sanctions on the Qadhafi regime and its supporters.
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The Advisory Committee of the Regionalization of the Kingdom of Morocco sets out the reforms foreseen to encourage citizen participation and decentralization in order to promote economic, social and cultural development.
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The 8th edition -in a series of annual reports published by IFC and the World Bank- provides this year’s data and economy rankings for all 183 economies covered. It highlights that more than half the regulatory changes recorded in the past year eased business start-up, trade and the payment of taxes. New technologies are involved in many of this improvements.
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The World Economic Situation and Prospects report (WESP) provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy. According to this year’s edition, ‘weaker global growth is expected in 2011 and 2012 as multiple risks to the recovery remain’.
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The 8th edition of the UNEP report examines global emerging issues and provides the latest environmental science. It also highlights major environmental events and developments over the past year, and presents the most recent data and key indicator trends.
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This Human Rights Watch’s report documents the torture under the Mubarak regime. Published on 30 January, it highlights how the government implicitly condoned police abuse by failing to ensure that law enforcement officials accused of torture were investigated and criminally prosecuted, leaving victims without a remedy.
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The 21st annual HRW World Report documents ongoing human rights practices in the world and summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. According to the report, many governments are ‘replacing pressure to respect human rights with softer approaches such as private «dialogue» and «cooperation»’.