Volume 18, No.01 - January 2014

Publications and websites

Technical reports


Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014

The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014 (WESP) will be launched in multi-city locations around the world on 20 January. The first chapter of the report on the “Global economic outlook”, pre-released on 18 December 2013, reveals that the global economy is expected to grow at a pace of 3.0 per cent in 2014 and 3.3 per cent in 2015, compared with an estimated growth of 2.1 per cent for 2013.

According to WESP 2014, inflation will remain tame worldwide, but the employment situation will continue to be challenging. While growth in international trade flows is expected to pick up moderately to 4.7 per cent in 2014, the prices of most primary commodities are projected to be flat, although any unexpected supply-side shocks, including geo-political tensions, could push some of these prices higher. The report warns that international capital flows to emerging economies are expected to become more volatile.


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. LXVII – No. 11, November 2013

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes the quarterly and annual tables: Earnings in manufacturing, by sex; Total exports and imports by regions: quantum and unit value indices and terms of trade in US dollars; World exports by commodity classes and by regions.


Outreach material


Sustainable Development in Action – Issue 11, Volume 1

The latest issue, published by UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, highlights among other things, the fifth session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on sustainable development goals. The newsletter aims to inform about 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.

Youth Flash Newsletter

Published by UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development Focal Point on Youth, the December issue is available online featuring the article “Young people address the realities of HIV and related issues for Post 2015″ and putting a spotlight on the movement ACT 2015: one goal, many voices, building initiatives that aim to secure a post-2015 development framework that advances the SRHR and HIV response for young people. The newsletter is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies, and from youth organizations around the world.

Enable Newsletter

Prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, the December issue is now available, putting the spotlight on the Status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The newsletter features input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and civil society.


The Decemer issue published by UN DESA’s NGO Branch is available online, 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. The current issue provides guidelines for NGOs in a consulative status with ECOSOC on how to request UN ground passes for 2014, as well as information about the informal sessions held in December by the Committee on NGOs.

The Message Stick

The latest version is available online highlighting the activities undertaken by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) as well as its Secretariat. It features briefings including on the work of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly promoting the rights of indigenous peoples, on ECOSOC’s resumed session and on a Global Conference on Indigenous Women that took place in Peru in October.


Discussion papers

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 61

Published by DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the December issue reveals that anaemic economic recovery is accompanied by tame inflation in developed economies, the GDP growth is stronger than expected in the United States and currencies in some emerging economies are under pressure again.