Volume 17, No.09 - September 2013

Publications and websites

Statistical compilations

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

mbsThe 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. LXVII – No. 7, July 2013

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes the quarterly and annual tables: 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; World exports by provenance and destination.

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2010 Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles

Cover_EBEP_2010The publication provides energy balances for 132 countries for the period 2007-2010 and electricity profiles for 180 countries for the period 2005-2010. The energy balances are snapshots of the annual energy flows in each country showing energy production, trade, transformation and consumption of energy products. They are presented in a common unit – Terajoules. The electricity profiles provide detailed information for each country on the production, trade and consumption of electricity, net installed capacity and thermal power plant input and efficiency.

The publication is bi-lingual (English and French) and will soon be available in printed and electronic (PDF format) versions.

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2010 Energy Statistics Yearbook

eyb_cover2010The Yearbook is the fifty-fourth issue in a series of annual compilations of internationally comparable statistics summarizing world energy trends. Annual data for 215 countries and areas for the period 2007 to 2010 are presented on production, trade and consumption of energy: solids, liquids, gaseous fuels and electricity.

In addition, per capita consumption series are also provided for all energy products. Graphs are included to illustrate historic trends and/or changes in composition of production and/or consumption of major energy products. Special tables of interest include: international trade tables for coal, crude petroleum and natural gas by partner countries – providing information on direction of trade; selected series of statistics on renewables and wastes; refinery distillation capacity; and selected energy resources.

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Outreach material


Sustainable Development in Action – Issue 7, Volume 1

The latest issue features the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). Published by DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, the newsletter aims to highlight the work carried out by Member States, the UN, Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders in implementing sustainable development and leading the way to the Future We Want.

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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 July issue features input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and civil society.

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The August issue is now available online. The 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.

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Youth Flash Newsletter

July issue features an article on “Malala Day – the Phoenix Rises from the Ashes”. 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.

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Discussion papers


Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 57

Published by DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the August issue highlights the policy initiatives to deal with the slowing growth in emerging economies, the revised US GDP statistics and the drought conditions that is affecting Southern Africa.

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Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress

websiteOn 25 July the Statistics Division launched a new website for the Statistical Commission Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress (FOC). The Group was established by the United Nations Statistical Commission at its forty-fourth session (26 February to 1 March 2013) as response to the request of the Rio+20 conference to launch a programme of work on broader measures of progress to complement GDP in order to better inform policy decisions. The new website will be continuously updated with new information and documents as they become available.

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