Volume 16, No.12 - December 2012

Publications and websites

Technical reports

Pre-launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2013

The chapter on global economic outlook of the WESP 2013 will be launched in New York on 18 December at 11 am at the Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium. 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:
World Economic Situation and Prospects

Statistical compilations


Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (Print and 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 bimonthly, quarterly and annual 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. 

In addition to regular monthly tables, the October 2012 issue includes the following quarterly and bimonthly tables: 

8. Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials.
36. 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: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics

Demographic Yearbook 2011

Tables of the Demographic Yearbook 2011 are now available online. This Yearbook is the sixty-second issue in a series published by the United Nations since 1948. It contains tables on a wide range of demographic statistics, including a world summary of selected demographic statistics, statistics on the size, distribution and trends in national populations, fertility, foetal mortality, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality and divorce. Data are shown by urban/rural residence, as available. In addition, the volume provides Technical Notes, a synoptic table, a historical index and a listing of the issues of the Demographic Yearbook published to date. This issue of Demographic Yearbook contains data as available including reference year 2011.

For more information: Demographic Yearbook

Meeting records


The Future We Want – Booklet

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – or Rio+20 – took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20-22 June 2012. It resulted in a focused political outcome document – the Future We Want – which contains clear and practical measures for implementing sustainable development. 

To download: The Future We Want – Booklet

Outreach material



The November issue is now available online highlighting events including the dialogue between the President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly and Civil Society, as well as a day of informal discussions on the development of a new generation of development goals. The online monthly newsletter is published by DESA’s NGO Branch, providing the most up-to-date information on news and upcoming events of interest to civil society at UN headquarters in New York, Geneva and elsewhere. 

Read full issue: DESA NGO News

Youth Flash Newsletter

The latest issue of Youth Flash is now available online and features a story on Georgia establishing the Youth Delegate Programme. 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 organizations around the world. 

Read full issue: Youth Flash Newsletter

Enable Newsletter

The November issue is now available putting spotlights on the many events being arranged to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. It also highlights the work of the General Assembly’s Third Committee. The ENABLE Newsletter is prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and civil society. 

Read full issue: ENABLE Newsletter



Most recent site additions and updates

New updates have been included in the Forty-fourth session of the Statistical Commission website. The Commission is scheduled to be held at United Nations Headquarters, New York from 26 February to 1 March 2013 in the United Nations Secretariat Building. All meetings will be held in the Conference Room 3 (Temporary North Lawn Building). 

For more information: 44th session of the Statistical Commission

Main documentation site:
Documents for the forty-second session of the Statistical Commission
New York, 22 – 25 February 2011



United Nations at a Glance

United Nations at A GlancePublished by the Department of Public Information, this book explains what the UN does, how the UN does it, who the actors are, and when historical milestones occurred. Illustrated with photos and stories from the field, the guide examines the work of the UN in international peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, and humanitarian action. 

For more information: United Nations at a Glance