Volume 15, No.10 - October 2011

Publications and websites

Technical reports


MDG Gap Task Force Report 2011:
The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2011:The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver

The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2011 released on 16 September, shows that if the MDGs are to be achieved, a serious shortfall in funding must be addressed. It also highlights that significant gaps remain in delivering on the commitments in the areas of aid, trade, debt relief, and access to new technologies and to affordable essential medicines. A number of crucial commitments that were supposed to have been reached by 2010, including increased aid volume, improved aid effectiveness, and the conclusion of the Doha Round of trade negotiations, have not been met.

The report monitors the progress made in achieving the targets of MDG 8, including continued attention to the impact of the global crisis on meeting the targets set under MDG 8 and embedding any new commitments resulting from the High-level Plenary Meeting of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly on the MDGs into the monitoring process.

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2010 Revision of the World Population Prospects


DESA’s Population Division has now released the complete data sets of the 2010 Revision of the World Population Prospects. These data are used throughout the UN System, by many international organizations, research centres and the media. According to our estimates and (medium variant) projections, the world population is now close to 7 billion and will reach 10.1 billion in the next ninety years. While the main results of the World Population Prospects have been available on our web site since 3 March 2011, detailed data have now been published in the following electronic formats:

1. Comprehensive Dataset – CD-ROM
This CD-ROM contains population estimates and projections for all countries and major regions of the world in the form of Excel tables. All data are available on the CD-ROM in five-year age groups and five-year estimation and projection intervals. Some data, such as total population by sex, are also available on the CD-ROM in annual interpolation.

2. Extended Dataset – DVD
The DVD contains population estimates and projections for all countries and major regions of the world in the form of Excel tables and in the form of ASCII-files. The ASCII files are optimized for database input and statistical software. All data on the DVD are available in five-year groups and five year estimation and projection intervals. In addition, population by age and sex is available in annually interpolated form for single years of age. Many other demographic indicators, such as life expectancy at birth or total fertility, are also available in annually interpolated format.

A detailed description of specific data tables on the CD-ROM and the DVD is available on-line in the CD-ROM/DVD order form at:

For methodological background information and data sources, assumptions of the 2010 Revision, interactive tables and maps visualizing demographic trends:

Statistical compilations


Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2011:The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver

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. LXV – No. 8, August 2011

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, by sex, Total exports and imports by regions: volume and unit value indices and terms of trade.

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Outreach material


Rio+20 Brochure: Building Our Common Future

The newly launched Rio+20 Brochure “Building Our Common Future” gives a comprehensive insight into the issues that will be addressed at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.

This Conference will provide a historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all. Taking place twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where countries adopted Agenda 21, the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.

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Rio+20: Making it Happen

The latest issue of the Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter features the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought, which will contribute to the Rio+20 process. Among other related events and issues, the newsletter also highlights the Beijing High-level Symposium on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development’s outcome and also features the Rio+20 Bureau’s meeting with representatives of International Financial Institutions.

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United Nations Enable Newsletter

A special edition of the newsletter has been issued covering the period August to September and focusing on the Fourth session of the Conference of States Parties and the Status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within DESA, with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, as well as from civil society, this issue also brings attention to upcoming events as well as highlights from the UN System.

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United Nations Youth Flash

The latest issue features Oliver Felix, a Youth Delegate from Switzerland, who shares his experiences on how he became a Youth Delegate, and what it was like to represent his country during the High Level Meeting on Youth in July. It also highlights news from the UN and other international organizations as well as Youth in Action events. The newsletter is a service of the UN Programme on Youth to keep the public informed about the work of the UN on youth issues. It is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and from youth organisations around the world.

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The latest edition is now available and includes news from the UN General Assembly’s General Debate, the General Assembly High-level Meeting marking the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and the annual joint conference of the UN and NGOs in Bonn, Germany, with calls for civil society to encourage people to realize that their local concerns are connected to the larger global issues. The newsletter, which is a monthly service of the DESA NGO Branch of the United Nations, includes a brief summary of news and upcoming intergovernmental meetings of interest to NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status.

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