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Volume 14, No.10 - October 2010

Publications and websites


Technical reports

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2010: The Global Partnership for Development at a Critical Juncture

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2010: The Global Partnership for Development at a Critical Juncture

The report identifies the implementation gaps in the commitments made under MDG 8 and provides recommendations on how to address them, on strengthening the global partnership, and ultimately supporting developing countries in achieving the MDGs.

The main purpose of the Task Force is to systematically track existing international commitments and to identify gaps and obstacles in their fulfilment at the international and country level in the areas of official development assistance, market access (trade), debt relief, access to essential medicines and new technologies.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/policy/mdggap/index.html

Population and HIV/AIDS 2010

The wall chart provides, for all countries for which data are available, information on the number of adults and children living with HIV, AIDS deaths, AIDS orphans, the impact of AIDS on life expectancy and on projected population in 2015, and Government measures taken in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including blood screening, information, education and communication (IEC) activities, provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART), antidiscrimination legislation and distribution of condoms. In addition, data on condom use, number of people receiving ART and percentage of HIV-positive pregnant women receiving antiretrovirals to prevent mother-to-child transmission are shown.

To download: http://www.un.org/esa/population/unpop.htm

Statistical compilations

The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics

On the occasion of the first-ever World Statistics Day – 20 October 2010 – the Statistics Division will launch The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics simultaneously in New York, Shanghai and Bangkok. This publication, in the words of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon “is intended to contribute to the stocktaking being done to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Beijing Conference.

The publication addresses critical aspects of life: population, families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. It finds that progress in ensuring the equal status of women and men has been made in many areas, including school enrolment, health and economic participation. At the same time, it makes clear that much more needs to be done, in particular to close the gender gap in public life and to prevent many forms of violence to which women are subjected.”

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/wsd/Default.aspx

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or annual and quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international merchandise trade and finance.

Vol. LXIV – No. 8, August 2010

 

This month, the following tables, which are featured in the MBS on a quarterly or bimonthly basis, are presented along with the regular recurrent monthly tables: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials, Earnings in manufacturing activities, by sex and Total exports and imports by regions: volume and unit value indices and terms of trade.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs

Outreach material

White Paper based on the United Nations E-Government Survey

A White Paper, entitled “e-Government success: a Global Benchmark and Segmentation”, with base data extracted from the UN E-Government Survey, was recently published by an international consulting firm – CS Transform. This is in addition to other references to the UN E-Government Survey in several noteworthy publications, including: (i) World Bank: ICT at a Glance; (ii) OECD: Governance as a Glance 2009; (iii) World Economic Forum: Global Information Technology Report 2009-2010; (iv) European Commission : Europe’s Digital Competitiveness Report; (v) The Economist EUI: E readiness rankings 2009: The usage imperative; (vi) Vinnova (the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovative Systems): eGovernment of Tomorrow: Future scenarios for 2020; (vii) National University of Singapore/Institute of Systems Science: Enterprise Architecture as Platform for Connected Government.

For more information: http://www.unpan.org/DPADM/ProductsServices/AdvisoryServices/TechnicalProjectHighlights/
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Working papers

Impact of the Global Economic Crises on Civil Society Organizations

The food, environmental and economic crises have challenged civil society organizations (CSOs) and the communities they serve. A broad-based survey, initiated by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development and guided by a Civil Society Steering Committee, was undertaken in 2009 that measured the impact of the crises on the operating capacity of CSOs around the world and their expectations as they look ahead. This study examines the current situation of CSOs as indicated by responses from 640 civil society organizations worldwide. It also asks what strategies they are undertaking to cope with a drop of revenues and how to strengthen social-service delivery capacities of CSOs during crisis periods.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/desa/papers/2010/wp97_2010.pdf

Social Policy in Development: Coherence and Cooperation in the Real World

Research and practice related to social policy and poverty alleviation have left a legacy of a very broad agenda of “things that need to be done”, along with important unanswered questions about how to integrate social and economic development. These suggest the fruitfulness of focusing more on the distinctions among countries, in terms of their capacities, generating ideas about priorities and sequences, and working to reduce the agenda. Instead of new big ideas and new paradigms, the development community needs to get better at matching ideas to realities, and at generating contextually grounded processes for taking the next step.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/desa/papers/2010/wp98_2010.pdf

Discussion papers

Monthly Briefing, No. 22 on the World Economic Situation and Prospects

The Briefing highlights that there are increasing signs of a widespread deceleration in the global recovery. These are particularly alarming in the United States and Japan. The pace of economic activity in China has also been cooling notably, although it has been partly engineered by policy measures. Although Germany and a few other European economies have registered a better-than-anticipated growth rate in the past quarter, and the recovering momentum seems to have been maintained so far in other emerging economies such as India and Latin America, many forecasting institutions have recently downgraded their prospects for the world economy, marking up the risk of a “double-dip” recession.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/policy/publications/dpad_wespmbn.html

Websites

DPADM Publications now available on scribd.com

DPADM Publications now available on scribd.com

DESA’s Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) is pleased to announce that its major publications are now available at scribd.com, a popular publishing and reading social network, where users can discover and share informative and original written content on the web and mobile devices for free.

Users can give feedback through comments (scribbles), ratings and other sharing features. This marks the latest development for the Division’s publishing and outreach programme, which seeks to share and distribute content through both alternative and traditional media and to create new ways of reaching and interacting with a wider audience for its products.

For more information: http://www.scribd.com/

eBooks

E-Government Survey 2010

E-Government Survey 2010

UN Publications has selected the E-Government Survey 2010 as an eBook, which will be available for download from both Amazon for Kindle and the Apple iBookstore by the end of September. The E-Government Survey 2010, the flagship report of DPADM, is one of the first books to be selected for availability and joins a small, select group of publications, the MDG Report 2010, World Economic and Social Survey 2010, the Charter of the United Nations, The United Nations & Apartheid 1948-1994 and The United Nations Today, as books available through UN Publications for download to mobile devices.

For more information: https://unp.un.org/Details.aspx?pid=21041