Publications & Documents

UN in Russia bulletin

The "UN in Russia" Bulletin is a bi-monthly edition in Russian published by the UN Office in the Russian Federation since December 1998. The bulletin provides an overview of UN activities, programmes and projects in the Russian Federation. It features statements and interviews of UN high officials, human-touch stories about UN beneficiaries, partners and staff members, as well as articles on topical issues on the UN agenda.
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The Millennium Development Goals and Russia’s National Projects: Strategic Choices The brochure is based on an analyses conducted by the Institute for Complex Strategic Studies (ICS)

The brochure is based on an analyses conducted by the Institute for Complex Strategic Studies (ICSS) and sponsored by the United Nations in the Russian Federation, including UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and UNICEF. The publication looks at the possibilities of implementing the Millennium Development Goals concept, adopted for Russia (MDG+), for improvement of the quality of implementation and further development of the national projects.

2006 UNDP Global Human Development Report ‘Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis’

In a world of unprecedented wealth almost 2 million children die each year for want of a glass of clean water and a toilet. Beyond the household, competition for water for production intensifies, while the environment and the rural poor lose out. Debunking the myth that the global water crisis is the result of scarcity, the 2006 Human Development Report argues that poverty, power and inequality are at the heart of the problem.
The Report offers fresh new data on how many poor people go without water and sanitation, the inequality of access within and between nations, and on what clean water really means for child survival rates. It argues for a concerted drive to achieve water and sanitation for all through national strategies and proposes models of cooperation to resolve cross-border tensions in water management. The global launch took place in Cape Town, South Africa. Simultaneous launches were conducted in New York, Toronto, and Oslo.
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2005 UNDP National Human Development Report 'Russia in 2015: Development Goals and Policy Priorities'

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Russian Federation presented the 2005 National Human Development Report Russia in 2015: Development Goals and Policy Priorities on 17 October 2005. This report, the tenth in the series of the national reports launched by UNDP in cooperation with the Government of the Russian Federation in 1995, is dedicated to the adaptation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the Russian context. The Report was prepared by a group of independent Russian experts with participation of the UN agencies and support of the Centre of Strategic Research as well as in active dialogue with state bodies. Monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals, being currently customized by the Government for Russia, is a key step in the forthcoming implementation of the recommendations of the National Report.
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Global Employment Trends for Youth

International Labour Organization, Geneva, 2006
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UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS epidemic

The 2008 Report on the global AIDS epidemic, prepared by UNAIDS and its Cosponsoring agencies, is the most comprehensive report on the response to AIDS. It uses data from 147 countries against 25 core targets set in the UN declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS adopted in 2001, and the political declaration adopted at the 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS. The information presented in the report enables readers to assess progress made since 2001 and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the AIDS response to date. The report was launched in New York on 29 July 2008.
The text of the report and the Media Kit are available at the site of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

Climate Change Impact on Public Health in the Russian Arctic

United Nations Office in the Russian Federation, 2008
This publication draws on materials of the first international workshop Climate Change Impact on Public Health in the Russian Arctic, which took place in May 2008. The workshop was organized by the UN in Russia Arctic Initiative under the aegis of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Russian Federation and with participation of the United Nations development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAR).
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Living with HIV in Eastern Europe and the CIS: The Human Cost of Social Exclusion

The new Regional Human Development Report was released on 10 December in Moscow at RIA Novosti news agency in conjunction with World AIDS Day 2008 and the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which also falls on 10 December.
The spread of HIV represents a significant challenge to both individual rights and the inclusive socio-economic development of communities the world over. This is equally true in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, where the number of people living with HIV has more than doubled since 2001. Widespread stigma and discrimination remain an entrenched aspect of daily reality for each of the 1.5 million people living with the virus in the region.
In this regard, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through this special Regional Human Development Report on AIDS in Eastern Europe and the CIS explores the human face of the epidemic, identifying the everyday aspects of vulnerability and the nature and scope of livelihood challenges faced by people living with HIV in the region. Derived from a primary qualitative research, the report calls for specific evidence-based responses to address these issues in a visible and compelling format.
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Russia: on the Path to Equal Opportunities

On 14 March 2009, the United nations Office in the RF launched the new analytical overview, Russia: on the Path to Equal Opportunities, prepared by a group of national experts under the leadership of Mr. Evgeny Gontmakher, Dr. Sc., Professor, Head of the Centre on Social Policy of the Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences.
The UN in Russia joint publication is dedicated to issues of accessibility to education and employment for persons with disabilities in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The publication is based on a wide range of statistical and empirical data describing - in a concise and clear form general tendencies and concrete examples of the development of state policy in Russia and other countries, targeted at the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities for education and employment as well as at social integration and economic independence.
Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General Communications and Public Information will take part in the launch, as well as representatives of government bodies, expert community, international organizations, and civil society.
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The 2008 National Human Development Report

On 24 April 2009 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Russian Federation presented the 2008 National Human Development Report Russia Facing Demographic Challenges. This is the twelfth of the kind in a series launched by UNDP in cooperation with the Government of the Russian Federation and prepared by prominent national experts since 1995.
The Report analyses the main aspects of the major demographic challenges and offers recommendations for social and economic reforms, which could help reduce mortality rates, improve the present birth rate, regulate and manage migration flows, and at the same time, alleviate adverse consequences of demographic trends, which cannot be adjusted in the nearest future.
The Report presents Human Development Index (HDI) for Russia and its regions. It also contains the first-ever calculated Gender-related Development Index (GDI), which takes into account the impact from differences between men and women in basic HDI indicators: life expectancy, literacy rate and access to education, as well as access to income.
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Summary of "Youth in Russia" Report

Research on youth and youth policy in Russia
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Report "Improvement of the status of women in the United Nations system"

Report of the Secretary-General at 65th session of the UN general Assembly
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"Optimizing the international effort to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster"

Report of the Secretary-General at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly
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National Human Development Report 2010

The main objective of the Report, Millennium Development Goals in Russia: Looking into the Future, is to monitor the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) adapted for Russia, and to reflect the new socio-economic trends that have affected this process in the past few years. The Report was prepared in relation to the discussion of the global progress towards achieving the MDGs at the UN General Assembly in September 2010. The Report pays special attention to bridging the remaining regional disparities as reflected the presented Human Development Index (HDI) for Russia and its regions.

Reports of the UN Secretary General:

Report 2005 - In Larger Freedom: towards Development, Security and Human Rights for all;
Report 2006 - Investing in the United Nations: for a stronger Organization worldwide.

Human Trafficking in the Russian Federation. Inventory and Analysis of the Current Situation and Responses

On 15 March 2006, UN agencies in the Russian Federation: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Labour Organization (ILO), and International Organization on Migration (IOM) launched a report dedicated to the problem of human trafficking in Russia. The research has been conducted by Ph.D. E.V. Tiurukanova and the Institute for Urban Economics for the UN/IOM Working Group on Trafficking in Human Beings.
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