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11 February 2013
The Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, presented the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 (WESP) report in a briefing to a meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today in New York. The report outlines the state of the world economy, the issues that are restraining global growth and the policy challenges that will need to be overcome to move towards a sustainable growth path. The session was chaired by the President of the Council, His Excellency Néstor Osorio (Colombia), and was well received by the representatives of the member states.
7 February 2013
Development Policy Seminar Series
“Will the Poor be ‘Always With Us’? Global Growth, Distribution and the Prospects for Poverty Eradication in a Carbon-Constrained World” presented by David Woodward on Tuesday, 19 February 2013, 10.30 to 12:30 a.m. 27th floor Conference Room in the Secretariat building (S-2725BR). David Woodward is currently an independent writer and researcher, based in the Netherlands.
5 February 2013
DPAD conducts final training workshop in Nicaragua
On 22-25 January 2013 in Managua, DPAD provided practical training for government experts on the use of modelling tools needed to evaluate policies and strategies, including spending and financing options for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the effect of external shocks on the economy and the MDGs. The workshop is the latest in a series of activities conducted in Nicaragua under the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling".
1 February 2013
DPAD presents results of training in Costa Rica
On 28 January 2013 in San José, members of Costa Rica's technical national team participating in capacity development activities presented policy notes to government officials of that country. The notes present assessments of policy issues of national relevance and are the result of the activities led by DESA/DPAD, UNDP and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Policy of Costa Rica. The notes will be released as part of a single official policy bulletin of the Government in the coming weeks.
31 January 2013
Working group on the global partnership for development beyond 2015
Members of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda published a set of think pieces on the global partnership for development beyond 2015. The pieces focus on a series of specific themes relevant to renewing global partnerships post-2015 and lessons learned from MDG8.
25 January 2013
DPAD conducts training workshop and technical meetings in Ecuador
On 15-18 January 2013 in Quito, DPAD and UNDP-Ecuador provided practical training for government experts in the use of modelling tools needed for development policy analysis and methods for assessing human development strategies aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The workshop was followed by technical meetings to identify ongoing data requirements and to address methodological issues.
23 January 2013
The Global Economic Monitoring (GEM) Unit of the Development Policy and Analysis Division held a Brown Bag lunch discussion today to share the major findings and policy recommendations presented in the recently published World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013. The panel was led by Pingfan Hong, Chief of GEM unit, and included Economic Affairs Officers Grigor Agabekian, Clive Altshuler, Hung-yi Li, Ingo Pitterle and John Winkel. Ms. Shari Spiegel, Chief of the Development Finance and External Debt Unit of the Financing for Development Office, contributed to the discussion on international finance for development.
16 January 2013
The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 (WESP) is being launched today in cities across the globe: Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, Mexico City, New Delhi; and on January 22nd in Moscow. The definitive report of the United Nations on the state of the world economy, the WESP is a joint publication of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the five UN Regional Commissions. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) contributed to a section on the global tourism outlook.
15 January 2013
DPAD makes presentation to the President of Costa Rica
On 15 January, 2013 in San José, DESA/DPAD representative Marco V. Sanchez-Cantillo briefed the President of Costa Rica, Her Excellency Ms. Laura Chinchilla, and the Council of Ministers of the Government of Costa Rica on the implementation of the capacity development activities and on the main findings of the UN-DESA assessment of strategies to achieve the MDGs in Costa Rica.
19 December 2012
DPAD presents the Minister of Costa Rica the findings of the project
On 17 December, 2012, UN-DESA staff presented the Minister of Planning and Economic Policy (MIDEPLAN) of Costa Rica, Mr. Roberto Gallardo, in San Jose, the main findings of UN-DESA's assessment of strategies to achieve the MDGs in Costa Rica. The presentation has followed the final training workshop held on 10-14 December, 2012.
19 December 2012
Honduras expert team acquires expertise in Social Accounting Matrix building
In the continuous effort to develop capacities of the government experts of Honduras, DPAD has provided an expertise in building a Social Accounting Matrix to the expert team from the Central Bank of Honduras as part of the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling".
18 December 2012
The Global Economic Outlook
Join the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development Shamshad Akhtar and DPAD Director Rob Vos as they launch the Global Economic Outlook, Chapter 1 of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013, on Tuesday, 18 December at the DHL Auditorium at 11.00 am.
18 December 2012
DPAD conducts training workshop and technical meetings in Honduras
On 10-12 December 2012 in Tegucigalpa, DPAD and UNDP-Honduras provided practical training for government experts on the use of statistical tools needed to estimate the impact of socio-economic and policy factors on Millennium Development Goals. DPAD also met with Honduran technical experts to coordinate future work.
18 December 2012
Working meetings and training sessions are held in San José
On 28 November 2012, DPAD, MIDEPLAN and UNDP Costa Rica held working meetings and training sessions with the Government representatives of Costa Rica to discuss the progress of the capacity development activities and support the on-going work on simulation analysis.
6 December 2012
Towards a sustainable social model: implications for the post-2015 agenda
Dr. Nazrul Islam, DPAD Senior Economics Affairs Officer, presented "Towards a sustainable social model: implications for the post-2015 agenda" today as part of the Development Policy Seminar Series hosted by the Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit of DPAD.
4 December 2012
Towards a sustainable social model: implications for the post-2015 agenda
Join Dr. Nazrul Islam, DPAD Senior Economics Affairs Officer, as he presents "Towards a sustainable social model: implications for the post-2015 agenda" on Thursday, 6 December, 3 to 5 pm at S-2724 as part of the Development Policy Seminar Series hosted by the Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit of DPAD.
3 December 2012
A Systemic Approach to Sustainable Development Strategies and Food Security
In order to achieve sustainable development, a good understanding of the interactions between economic, social and environmental factors is critical. In a Development Policy Seminar organized by DPAD, Dr. John Shilling of the Millennium Institute presented the Threshold 21 Model, a systemic approach to understanding these interactions and feedback loops. Scenario analysis based on the Threshold 21 model can be used to better understand the economic, social and environmental impacts of changing food consumption patterns, which is of interest for the Division's work on the post-2015 development agenda.
27 November 2012
Keeping the momentum beyond 2015
"We hope to bring views from all corners of the world together because what we are striving for is an agenda that will take us to a shared, secure and sustainable global development for all, our generation and all future ones".
— Rob Vos
More than 900 participants took part in a live Facebook chat on "Keeping the momentum beyond 2015: Moving forward towards a new global development agenda". Panelists from the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda included DPAD Director Rob Vos with DPAD colleagues Diana Alarcon and Sabrina Axster, Fred Soltau from the Division for Sustainable Development and Jose Dallo and Gina Lucarelli from the UNDP Bureau of Development Policy. The live chat was jointly organized by DESA and UNDP to engage various stakeholders in the preparations for a global development agenda beyond 2015 that can build on the progress of the MDGs and meet the new challenges ahead.
21 November 2012
Training workshop and technical meetings took place in Jordan
DPAD and the Government of Jordan jointly organized practical training on November 12-14 for fifteen government experts on the use of modelling tools needed to evaluate MDG financing strategies, other public policies, and external shocks. The training was followed by technical coordination meetings with counterparts at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of Jordan. The workshop is the latest in a series of activities conducted under the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling".
21 November 2012
Keeping the momentum beyond 2015
Join DPAD Director Rob Vos and a panel of UN experts on Tuesday, November 27 from 9 to 11 am EST (2-4 pm GMT) for a live Facebook chat on how the world community can keep moving forward towards a new global development agenda. Post your questions on Facebook or on Twitter using #beyond2015.
14 November 2012
Tax cooperation could yield $200 billion for development
Improved international tax cooperation could yield up to $200 billion annually for developing countries, almost double the amount of development assistance currently provided to them. A background paper by Prof. Valpy FitzGerald, commissioned in preparation for the World Economic and Social Survey 2012: In Search of New Development Finance, argues that changes to the existing international tax structures, which allow citizens and firms of developing countries to evade taxes on a staggering scale, could starkly reduce their aid dependence and raise significant resources for development.
7 November 2012
DPAD continues training in Kyrgyzstan
In Bishkek, DPAD continues to provide practical training workshops for government experts on the use of an integrated macro-micro modelling framework to evaluate policy options and the impact of external shocks on attaining the Millennium Development Goals. The trainings activities are conducted by a DPAD-trained national consultant and are attended by representatives of different institutions of Kyrgyzstan's Government. The workshops are part of the activities conducted in Kyrgyzstan under the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling", implemented in close collaboration with UNDP's Office in Kyrgyzstan and the Ministry of Economy and Antitrust Policy (MEAP).
7 November 2012
Innovative Finance, 2015 and Beyond
New sources of innovative financing can play an important role in raising resources for development and the financing of global public goods post 2015. Rob Vos, Director of DPAD, highlighted this and other findings published in the World and Economic and Social Survey 2012—In search of New Development Finance in a presentation at the panel discussion "Innovative Finance, 2015 and Beyond", jointly organized by DPAD and the Missions of Cyprus, France and Mauritius.
Other panellists highlighted their country-specific experiences with innovative financing mechanisms and the positive contributions that such mechanisms have made, but also considered them in the context of much larger financing flows from other sources, such as traditional development assistance and foreign direct investment.
26 October 2012
DPAD representatives demonstrate policy tool to 150 experts in Nicaragua
On 26 October in Managua, at the request of the President of Nicaragua's Central Bank, DPAD presented the integrated macro-micro modelling framework to the entire Economic Division of the Central Bank of Nicaragua. The framework is needed to conduct development policy analysis and assess human development strategies to attain the Millennium Development Goals. The presentation was followed by a lively Question and Answer session.
25 October 2012
DPAD representatives will hold high level meetings to discuss technical advisory efforts
On 25 October in Managua, DPAD met with high level representatives of the Government of Nicaragua and of the UNDP country office to brief officials on the ongoing training efforts, and to ensure close coordination with the project organizers and the country stakeholders. The meetings were attended by Mr. Alberto Guevara (President of the Central Bank), Mr. Ovidio Reyes (Chief of Research, Ministry of Finance), Mr. Francisco Abea (Chief Tax Official, Minister of Finance), Mr. Pablo Mandeville (UNDP Resident Representative), and Mr. Benigno Rodríguez (UNDP Deputy Resident Representative). High level meetings were also held with representatives from UNICEF and the Inter-American Development Bank to inform them about DPAD's capacity development activities and exchange ideas on future collaborations.
23 October 2012
DPAD conducts training workshop and technical meetings in Nicaragua
On 23-26 October 2012 in Managua, DPAD provided practical training for government experts on the use of modelling tools needed to evaluate policies and strategies to attain the Millennium Development Goals. The training workshop was followed by technical coordination meetings with counterparts in the Nicaraguan government. The activities were jointly organized by DPAD, the UNDP Office in Nicaragua, and the Government of Nicaragua. The workshop is the latest in a series of activities conducted in Nicaragua under the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling".
23 October 2012
Global Economic Outlook
Four years after the eruption of the global financial crisis, the world economy is still in a precarious situation. Growth has weakened considerably during 2012 and the prospects for the next two years continue to be challenging, fraught with a number of uncertainties and risks slanted towards the downside. Read the full report of the LINK Global Economic Outlook 2012-2013.
22 October 2012
Joint Meeting of the Second Committee and the ECOSOC on the Global Economic Outlook
"The global economy is still in a very precarious situation and the outlook is most sobering". Robert Vos, Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division of UN/DESA, presented the Global Economic Outlook at a special joint Second Committee and ECOSOC meeting in New York today and outlined three key messages on the current global economic situation:
- First, the weaknesses in the major developed countries continue to be at the root of these global economic woes. Most of these countries, particularly in Europe, are dragged in a vicious downward spiral, where heightened sovereign risks, continued banking fragility, fiscal austerity measures, slower growth and rising unemployment are feeding into each other.
- Second, the risks and uncertainties are slanted to the downside. Immediate risks are the further deepening of the euro crisis and the continued budget policy impasse in the United States that could lead to a renewed global recession. Many emerging economies could also face the risk of a hard landing after having grown very fast in the last decade.
- Finally, although there have been major efforts to break out of this vicious cycle, particularly with an emphasis on monetary expansion and structural reforms, the effects have been muted at best. The UN/LINK Global Economic Outlook proposes a different and more comprehensive policy approach, moving away from the current emphasis on fiscal austerity to focus more on short- and long-term measures to stimulate jobs growth, including by investing in green growth, accelerate financial sector reforms, and better coordination of fiscal and monetary policies at the national and international levels.
A full webcast of the meeting is available from UNTV
17 October 2012
Launch of the redesigned version of the Support Measures Portal for Least Developed Countries
The new interactive platform compiles and catalogues information about LDC-specific international support measures provided by development partners. It allows users to learn about what the measures are, who the main suppliers are, and how they can access to these resources. Users can also participate in discussions, make comments, present views, ask questions and highlight their own experience.
9 October 2012
Twenty Philippines government officials participated in the workshop organized by DPAD
DPAD launched a capacity development project in the Philippines on 2-3 October 2012 in Manila. During the inception workshop, DPAD's technical team discussed the objectives of the project with government officials and described the integrated macro-micro modelling framework to workshop participants. The activities were jointly organized by DPAD and the Philippines Government.
20 September 2012
Making rhetoric a reality
"Do not place the burden of fiscal austerity on the backs of the poor," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community, as he launched the MDG Gap Task Force Report 2012 in New York today . The Report gives specific, concrete recommendations on how to strengthen MDG 8, the Global Partnership for Development, which has experienced significant backsliding in various areas including official development assistance, trade protectionism and debt sustainability.
15 September 2012
DPAD conducts training workshop in Uganda
On 11-14 September 2012 in Kampala, DPAD provided intensive practical training for government experts on the use of an integrated macro-micro modelling framework to assess and maximize the use of support measures and human development strategies. The activities were jointly organized by DPAD, the UNDP Office in Uganda, and the Government of Uganda. The workshop is the latest in a series of activities conducted in Uganda under the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling".
14 September 2012
The Secretary-General will launch the MDG Gap Task Force Report 2012 : The Global Partnership for Development—Making Rhetoric a Reality on 20 September 2012 at 11:30 am at the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium. This year's report depicts a more somber picture of the global partnership for development, which has suffered backsliding in various areas such as official development assistance, trade protectionism and debt sustainability.
5 September 2012
DPAD conducts training workshop and technical meetings in Ecuador
On 28-30 August 2012 in Quito, DPAD conducted training to introduce government officials to modelling tools needed to evaluate human development strategies and how these can be influenced by economic shocks. It was followed by two days of technical coordination meetings.
15 August 2012
31 July 2012
Government officials in Bolivia received practical training on modelling tools for use in policymaking
On 24-27 July 2012 in La Paz, Bolivia, DPAD provided intensive practical training for Government experts on the use of the modelling tools adapted to evaluate the impact of external shocks on attaining the Millennium Development Goals, among other objectives. The activities were jointly organized by DPAD, the UNDP Office in Bolivia, and UDAPE (a technical unit of the Ministry of Development Planning of Bolivia). The workshop is the latest in a series of activities conducted in Bolivia under the project "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling".
20 July 2012
Training workshop for government officials in Bolivia
A workshop on "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling" will be held on 24-27 July 2012 in La Paz, Bolivia. Jointly organized by UDAPE (i.e, a technical unit of the Ministry of Development Planning of Bolivia), UNDP and UN-DESA, this workshop will provide intensive practical training on the use of the modelling methodologies needed to evaluate the impact of external shocks on attaining the Millennium Development Goals, and other policies.
16 July 2012
Government officials in Honduras received an introduction on modelling tools for use in policymaking
On 10 and 11 July 2012 in Tegucigalpa, DPAD conducted a workshop to introduce government officials to modelling tools needed to evaluate the impact of external shocks on attaining the Millennium Development Goals. The activities were jointly organized by DAPD, UNDP and the Central Bank of Honduras.
9 July 2012
Training workshop for the government officials in Honduras
The workshop on "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling" will be held on 10 and 11 July 2012 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Jointly organized by DPAD, UNDP and the Government of Honduras, this workshop will provide training on the use of the modelling methodologies needed to evaluate the impact of external shocks on attaining the Millennium Development Goals.
5 July 2012
In search of new development finance
The World Economic and Social Survey 2012 was launched today in New York. The need for additional and more predictable financing has led to a search for new sources – not as a substitute for aid, but as a complement to it. A number of innovative initiatives have been launched during the past decade, mainly to fund global health programmes aimed at providing immunizations, AIDS and tuberculosis treatments to millions of people in the developing world. WESS 2012 finds that while these initiatives have successfully used new methods to channel development financing to combat diseases, they have hardly yielded any additional funding on top of traditional development assistance.
3 July 2012
Realizing the Future We Want for All
The report: Realizing the Future We Want for All contains the main findings and recommendations of the UN System Task Team on the post-2015 UN Development Agenda to the UN Secretary-General. This report is to serve as a first reference for the broader consultations on the post-2015 UN development agenda which are currently taking place.
28 June 2012
Global health funds should be consolidated
A new policy brief on global health funds argues that disease-specific vertical health funds should be consolidated into a single global health fund. While vertical funds have been purpose effective, disease-specific interventions have often been difficult to align with national health programmes, particularly in low-income countries with weak health systems. A unified global health fund would reduce the transaction costs of aid and could improve national ownership thanks to better alignment with national priorities.
26 June 2012
Policymakers in Costa Rica received the second intensive technical training on integrated macro-micro modelling
A training workshop on "Strengthening Macroeconomic and Social Policy Coherence through Integrated Macro-Micro Modelling" was conducted by DPAD on 28 May – 1 June 2012 in San-Jose, Costa Rica.
19 June 2012
Required reading for Rio+20
Climate Protection and Development
edited by Rob Vos, Richard Kozul-Wright
and Frank Ackerman
The climate and development crises will be solved together, or not at all. And the faster we begin, the less painful—and more possible—the solutions will be. Writing about climate change often falls into one of two opposite traps, both of which this book avoids. This is not a story of gloom and doom, of inevitable climate catastrophe. On the contrary, it spells out, in more detail than usual, what can and should be done to avert the real risks of disaster. But neither is it a story of complacent congratulations for "win-win" initiatives, cautiously incremental steps, and "green" consumer choices. It summons us to an endeavour worthy of the resources and ingenuity of the twenty-first century, to bold initiatives with big costs—and much bigger benefits. The book presents an abridged version of the research undertaken for the World Economic and Social Survey 2009: Promoting Development, Saving the Planet.
15 June 2012
Global growth forecast to remain tepid; most regions expanding at below-potential pace
The Highlights of the Global Economic Outlook June 2012
- Developed countries struggle to overcome vicious cycle
- Growth in developing countries moderating
- Euro area crisis poses biggest downside risk
7 June 2012
Darkening skies over the world economy
The World economic situation and prospects as of mid-2012 was launched today in New York by Assistant Secretary-General Jomo Kwame Sundaram and DPAD Director Rob Vos. The report notes that the global economic situation is challenging, with heightened risks of a severe downturn. Global growth will likely remain tepid for the rest of the year as most regions are projected to expand at a below-potential pace. The euro area debt crisis continues to be the biggest threat to the world economy. The report calls for a shift away from self-defeating fiscal austerity and towards a renewed stimulus that directly supports job creation and green growth.
6 June 2012
Tracking support for the MDGs
The Secretary-General launched today the website of the Integrated Implementation Framework (IIF): "Tracking Support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)" at an informal meeting of the General Assembly. The site will provide searchable information of the progress on commitments made towards the achievement of the MDGs, tracked by the MDG Gap Task Force. The website will serve as a one-stop resource for policymakers, academics, researchers and civil society interested in what governments and the international community have done and are doing in support of the achievement of the MDGs by 2015. With less than three years left before the target year, the site will provide a reality check for all those involved and will hopefully assist in identifying remaining gaps.