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Volume 14, No.12 - December 2010

Publications and websites


Technical reports

Pre-launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011

Chapter 1 of the flagship publication on “Global Outlook” will be launched on 1 December in New York.

The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) is a joint product of DESA, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the five United Nations regional commissions. It provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and of some key global economic policy and development issues. One of its purposes is to serve as a point of reference for discussions on economic, social and related issues taking place in various United Nations entities during the year.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/policy/wess/wesp.html

Handbooks

Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women

Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women

In 2009, based on the work of the expert group meeting in Vienna, DESA’s Division for the Advancement of Women developed a Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women. This Handbook, with a foreword by Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, intends to provide all stakeholders with detailed guidance to support the adoption and effective implementation of legislation which prevents violence against women, punishes perpetrators, and ensures the rights of survivors everywhere.

It is specifically hoped that the Handbook will be of use to government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, staff of United Nations entities and other actors in their efforts at ensuring that a solid legal basis is in place for tackling the scourge of violence against women. This book is available in all six official languages.

For more information: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/v-handbook.htm#handbook

Statistical compilations

2007 Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I and Vol. II

2007 Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I and Vol. II

The Yearbook is the forty-first in a series of annual compilations of statistics on world industry designed to meet both the general demand for information of this kind and the special requirements of the United Nations and related international bodies.

The Yearbook provides statistics on the production of about 600 major industrial commodities. Data are provided for a ten-year period and for approximately 200 countries and territories. The commodities have been selected on the basis of their importance in world production and trade.

This edition of the Yearbook is the third to provide data on the value of industrial production, in addition to quantities of industrial production that have been the scope of previous editions of the Yearbook. The Yearbook is therefore organized in two volumes: Volume I: Physical Quantity Data and Volume II: Monetary Value Data.

Annexes to the publication provide information to assist the user, including an index of commodities in alphabetical order, as well as a table of correspondence among the CPC-based commodity codes and the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC), Rev.3.1, the Harmonized System (HS) 2002 and Prodcom 2002.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/pubs/gesgrid.asp?id=431

To download: https://unp.un.org/Details.aspx?pid=20669

2008 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I and Vol. II

2008 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I and Vol. II

The Yearbook is issued in two redesigned volumes which were prepared at different points in time during 2009. Volume I has been compiled early in 2009 (in May 2009) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2008 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2008 country (area) data. Overall, data for a total of 173 countries (or areas) are shown in Volume I.

Volume II which contains detailed tables showing international trade for 258 individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) and eleven world trade tables covering trade values and indices has been compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in December 2009) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year.

Volume II contains updated versions of the two world trade tables A and D published in Volume I. The redesign of the International Trade Statistics Yearbook was aimed to provide a more analytical and condensed view of the exports and imports of individual countries (country trade profiles in Volume I) and of specific commodities (commodity trade profile in Volume II).

All tables and contents of Volume I and Volume II are made available electronically shortly after completion of the manuscript. The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II has been taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.

For more information: http://comtrade.un.org/pb/first.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. 10, October 2010

This month, the following tables, which are featured in the MBS on a quarterly or annual basis, are presented along with the regular recurrent monthly tables: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; Civil aviation traffic: passenger km and cargo net ton km; Total exports and imports by countries or areas: volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars.

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

Discussion papers

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects

The monthly briefing No. 25 was released on 12 November and emphasizes that surges in private capital flows pose challenges to emerging economies and enhance tensions over currencies. It also addresses the deeper fiscal austerity measures in European countries, particularly in the United Kingdom. In addition, the Briefing highlights that industrial production growth is slowing worldwide, a sign that the global economic recovery will weaken further in the remainder of the year. Finally, it stresses that the heavy floods in Central and West Africa threaten food security.

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