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Global Economic Monitoring Unit

The Global Economic Monitoring Unit (GEMU) monitors global economic trends and contributes to UN reports, briefings and notes in the area of macroeconomic analysis. The Unit takes primary responsibility for the annual publication of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP), a UN flagship publication jointly produced by DESA, UNCTAD and the five Regional Commissions. The WESP provides an overview of recent global economic trends and short-term prospects for the world economy as well as key global economic policy and development issues. The annual publication, and its mid-year update, serves as a point of reference for deliberations on economic and social issues taking place in various United Nations entities, including the General Assembly (GA) and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). GEMU's other key responsibility is collaboration with Project LINK, an international consortium of experts from approximately 60 countries and several international organizations on global modeling, forecasting and policy analysis.