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Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit

The Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit takes primary responsibility for the World Economic and Social Survey and for analysis of long-term economic trends and related policy issues. The coverage of the work undertaken by the unit is broad in scope and includes, inter alia, the challenges of economic catch-up and structural change; institutional development and growth; poverty reduction, human development and equality; and social and economic insecurity. Each year, the WESS provides an in-depth analysis of a chosen theme of relevance to the international community, drawing on expertise from across DPAD as well as the other divisions of DESA, along with complementary inputs from outside experts and other parts of the UN system. The work of DSP is therefore both strongly research oriented and responsive to the demands of ECOSOC and the periodic major UN conferences and summits. The findings of the Survey are also disseminated through discussion papers, policy briefs and opinion pieces produced by the unit.