Volume 18, No.07 - July 2014

Publications and websites

Technical reports

Launch of the 2014 Millennium Development Goals Report

The report will be launched in New York by the Secretary-General on 7 July and presents the yearly assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs. In addition to regular assessment of the latest progress, this year’s report features a special section discussing the role of data in monitoring the progress of MDGs. The report is based on comprehensive official statistics compiled by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG indicators led by UN DESA’s Statistics Division. 


United Nations E-Government Survey 2014

E-GovernmentSurveyE-government—digital interactions between governments and people—varies greatly among and within regions, but most countries are making progress on providing greater access, according to the 2014 UN E-Government Survey launched on 25 June. The findings show that the Republic of Korea tops the global e-government ranking, and that Europe remains first among regions. The report also shows that many countries are expanding electronic participation, utilizing more mobile and social media tools, expanding usage and making more government data available online. However, challenges remain, such as lack of resources, digital inequalities and a lack of leadership for e-government.

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. LXVIII – No. 5, May 2014

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


Outreach material


Sustainable Development in Action – Issue 6, Volume 2

The latest issue, published by UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development aims to feature the work carried out by Member States, United Nations system, Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders in implementing sustainable development and leading the way to the Future We Want.


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


Youth Flash Newsletter

Published by UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development Focal Point on Youth, the June issue puts the spotlight on youth and disability. The newsletter is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies, and from youth organizations around the world.



Published by UN DESA’s NGO Branch, the latest issue provides 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.


Discussion papers


Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 67

Published by UN DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the June issue states that the world economic growth is expected to accelerate in 2014-2015, North American and European economies will experience a similar growth trajectory and developing economies will continue with relatively robust economic expansion.