Volume 17, No.02 - February 2013

Publications and websites

Technical reports

UN Task Team Thematic Think Pieces

Under its extended mandate from September 2012, the UN System Task Team established a new working group to provide analytical thinking and inputs on a renewed global partnership for development in the post-2015 development agenda. A set of think pieces has been prepared by various UN agencies, focusing on specific issues of relevance to the global partnership as well as on lessons learnt from MDG-8 and an overview of the various actors involved. A synthesis report of the papers will be published in March 2013. The papers can be accessed at:

For more information:
Preparing for the development agenda beyond 2015

Statistical compilations


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 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.  

Vol. LXVI – No. 12, December 2012 

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes the following quarterly and bimonthly tables: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; Earnings in non-agricultural activities, by sex; Fuel imports of developed economies; External trade conversion factors; Manufactured goods exports; and Selected series of world statistics.  

For more information: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online 

MDG Gender Chart 2012

The MDG Gender Chart 2012 was just released online. Co-produced by the Statistics Division and UN-Women every two years, the chart depicts the situation of women and girls in developing regions, as reflected in a number of MDG indicators. It is prepared with inputs from members of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDGs indicators.

The chart reveals that although there has been some progress in a number of the gender dimensions, more needs to be done, in every country and at every level, to achieve the pivotal third MDG and to reduce persisting levels of inequality based on sex, wealth, location, ethnicity and other markers of disadvantage. 

For more information: MDG Gender Chart 2012 

Outreach material 


Youth Flash Newsletter

The January issue is now available featuring the story Connecting Youth to the Global Development Agenda, youth in action and more. The newsletter is published by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development Focal Point 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, and from youth organizations around the world. 

View full issue at: Youth Flash Newsletter 

Enable Newsletter

Prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, the January issue is now available highlighting the Status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), as well as the latest updates on coming events, publications and more. The newsletter features input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and civil society.  

Read full issue: United Nations ENABLE Newsletter


Featuring information on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, highlighting the importance of NGOs submitting quadrennial reports on time, as well as the people’s survey “My World”, the January edition is now available. 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 

Message Stick

Published by The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the newsletter includes information on the International Expert Group Meeting: Indigenous Youth: Identity, Challenges and Hope on 29- 31 January, as well as the upcoming 12th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues taking place on 20- 31 May. 

Download: Message Stick

Discussion papers


Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 50

Published by DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the January issue states that the world economic prospects for 2013 is only slightly improving. While a full-blown fiscal cliff has been averted, significant uncertainties remain about the debt ceil­ing and fiscal sustainability in the long run. The report also calls for more forceful and concerted policy actions at both national and international levels to mitigate all the major risks.

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 50 

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 49

Published by DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the November/December issue highlights the fiscal cliff looming for the United States, the economic situation in Japan that continues to deteriorate and the mild strengthening of economic activity in China.  

Download: Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 49