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Combating trafficking in persons: A handbook for parliamentarians

The handbook, produced by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, contains a compilation of international laws and good practices developed to combat human trafficking. It offers guidance on how national legislation can be brought in line with international standards by, for example, defining trafficking...

Global education digest 2011: Comparing education statistics across the world

Governments are struggling to meet the rising demand for secondary education, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where there are enough school places for just 36% of children of age to enrol. Girls face the greatest barriers as the gender gap widens across the region, according to...

Sustainable development report 2020

The Sustainable development report 2020 presents the SDG Index and dashboards for all UN member states and frames the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in terms of six broad transformations.

Measuring the economic contribution of cultural industries

This 2012 update of a 2009 study provides an overview of current methods for measuring the contribution of cultural industries in today’s economy. Cultural industries are becoming important components of today’s economy, propelling innovation and development. Evidence suggests that cultural industries, which can encompass everything...

Reading in the mobile era

Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world. Summary Millions of people do not read for one reason: they do not have access to text. But today mobile phones and cellular networks are transforming a scarce resource into an abundant...

2013/4 Education for all global monitoring report

Overview: With the deadline for the Education for All goals less than two years away, it is clear that, despite advances over the past decade, not a single goal will be achieved globally by 2015. This year’s EFA Global Monitoring Report vividly underlines the fact...

World happiness report 2013

In this report, experts in several fields such as economics, psychology, survey analysis, and national statistics, describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations.

Preventing suicide: a global imperative

Overview: Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world. “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” is the first WHO report of its kind. It aims to increase awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts, to make suicide prevention...

Hidden in plain sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

This report was created to help document the true nature and extent of violence against children across the world. Foreword Violence against children occurs every day, everywhere: the slaps of an upset parent to control an ‘unruly’ child, the sexual victimization of a teenager by...

Committing to child survival: a promise renewed – progress report 2014

This report discusses global trends in under-five and neonatal mortality since 1990, and also analyses key interventions for mothers and their newborns, highlighting a gap between contact with the health system and the quality of care received. Overview Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed...