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The Cyber Index: International Security Trends and Realities
Publication Date: 2013 by UNIDIR (United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research)
Cybersecurity is a global concern, reflecting the central importance of cyberspace for business, politics, and security.....This August 2012 assessment surveyed publicly available information for the 193 states and found that the number of national cybersecurity programmes had grown to 114. The assessment is based on publicly available sources from the states in question, from national media, published government sources, or, in some cases, government reports to multilateral organizations.
Below are a few examples of very recently published special sources found in the library's Geographic File:
EMCDDA Insights 14: Models of Addiction by
Publication Date: Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2013.
Addiction continues to be one of the key concepts in the scientific and policy debate around drug use and interventions, and lies at the very heart of the responsibilities of this agency, the EMCDDA. The diverse approaches presented here have been developed by different academic disciplines and are a reminder of the fact that addiction is a multifaceted problem.
Finance for Europe's Entrepreneurs by
Publication Date: Luxembourg: European Union and European Investment Fund, 2012
This brochure gives examples of businesses which have benefited from guarantees and equity participations under the CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme). They are in various lines of business, have different locations, sizes and financing needs. But what they had in common was the need for assistance in obtaining finance to grow and create jobs.
The European Court of Human Rights In Facts and Figures by
Publication Date: Strasbourg, France: Council of Europe, 2010.
Today, 800 million Europeans can apply directly to an international court if they consider that their fundamental rights have not been respected by one of the member States of the Council of Europe. This pamphlet contains facts and figures about such cases.
Bringing a Case to the European Court of Human Rights; a Practical Guide on Admissibility Criteria by
Publication Date: Nijmegen, The Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2011.
The right of individual petition is rightly considered as the hallmark and greatest achievement of the European Convention on Human Rights. Individuals who consider that their human rights have been violated have the possibility of lodging a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights. However, there are important admissibility requirements set out in the Convention that must be satisfied before a case can be examined. This Practical Guide on Admissibility Criteria sets out, in a comprehensible, accurate and readable manner, the rules and case-law concerning admissibility.
Special Bulletin by
Publication Date: Geneva, Switzerland: World Meteorological Organization, 2013.
The publication of this special bulletin features articles on Norwegian Support for the Global Framework for Climate Services; Localizing Climate Information Services for Agriculture; Weather and Climate Resilience; The Application of Climate Science to Benefit Society; Clim-Health Africa; Reducing and Managing Risks of Disasters in a Changing Climate; From Global to Regional to National: building Operational Climate Services; Addressing the Potential Climate Effects of China's Three Gorges Project.
The Situation of People of African Descent in the Americas by
Publication Date: Organization of American States, 2011.
The purpose of this report is to underscore and focus on the situation of persons of African descent, on the understanding that the identification of this population, and its needs--even in those States where it makes up the majority of the population--is the initial step to be able to construct appropriate legal categories and embark on the legal measures and policies needed to protect and ensure their human rights.
Access to Information on Reproductive Health from a Human Rights Perspective by
Publication Date: Organization of American States, 2011.
The IACHR has established that it is not possible for women to attain the full enjoyment of human rights without timely access to comprehensive healthcare services, as well as to information and education in this area, so that they can make free, informed, and responsible decisions regarding reproduction, including family planning. The Commission has also said that information and education enables women to make decisions at all levels and in all areas of their lives, especially in the sphere of health, sexuality, and reproduction.
Guidelines for Preparation of Progress Indicators in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by
Publication Date: Organization of American States, n.d.
This document is divided into six parts. The first describes possible strategies to increase the effectiveness of the standards on economic, social, and cultural rights contained in the Protocol and includes a number of general observations and comments on the reporting system.....
Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries 2013
Publication Date: Tunis, Tunisia: African Development Bank, Economic and Social Statistics Division, 2013.
This publication is divided into three main parts: Part One presents a special feature article on "Facilitating Green Growth in Africa: Perspectives from the African
Development Bank"; Part two presents comparative cross-country data on Millenium Development Goals, Gender, Poverty and the Environment; and Part Three provides detailed country-specific data for each of the 54 countries in Africa.
APEC Outcomes & Outlook 2012-2013
Publication Date: Singapore, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, 2013.
The subtitle of APEC Outcomes & Outlook 2012-2013 is Advancing Free Trade for Asia-Pacific Prosperity. In 2012, APEC focused on strengthening regional economic integration, enhancing foreign direct investment flows and advancing trade and environmental cooperation....APEC has also taken additional measures to reduce unnecessary barriers to trade by advancing regulatory convergence and coherence in order to achieve objectives such as stronger regional economic integration, product safety, supply chain integrity and environmental protection.
Living Planet Report 2012: Biodiversity, Biocapacity and Better Choices.
Publication Date: Gland, Switzerland: WWF International, 2013.
This Report shows that we all need to play a role in keeping this a living planet--with food, water and energy for all, and the vibrant ecosystems that sustain life on earth....This can and must be the moment for governments to set a new course toward sustainability. It is also a unique opportunity for coalitions of the committed to step up--governments in regions like the Congo Basin or the Arctic, joining together to manage the resources they share; cities challenging and inspiring each other to reduce carbon emissions and create more livable urban spaces; companies who are competitors in the marketplace nonetheless joining forces to drive sustainability into their supply chains and offering products that help customers use less resources; and pension funds and sovereign wealth funds investing in green jobs.
Do You Know What Country is the Smallest (Geographically) in the World?
Answer: Vatican City
5. San Marino (which also claims to be the oldest state in Europe, founded in the fourth century)
Do You Know What Vexillology Is?
Vexillology is the study of flags. According to the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (FIAV), which is an "... international federation of 55 regional, national, and multinational associations and institutions across the globe, ... (vexillology is) the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge."
The FIAV's own flag