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World Economic Situation and Prospects

The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) is a joint product of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the five United Nations regional commissions. It provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and of some key global economic policy and development issues.

World Economic and Social Survey

The World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) provides objective analyses of pressing long-term social and economic development issues and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies.

United Nations Series on Development

The UN Series on Development presents work undertaken by staff of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in particular the Development Policy and Analysis Division, in the course of their research for the flagship publication, World Economic and Social Survey.

Committee for Development Policy (CDP) Policy Notes

The publications of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) provide in-depth analyses on the annual theme(s) selected by the high-level segment of ECOSOC. Based on its expertise, the Committee itself often undertakes analyses of critical issues on the international development agenda. In addition, the CDP publications include information on the methodology for identifying countries for inclusion in or graduation from the list of the least developed countries, as well as on the results of the triennial review of the list.

Capacity Development and Advisory Services

Our Division conducts capacity development and policy advisory activities on macroeconomic issues. Activities focus on training and advising policymakers in developing countries to enhance their analytical capacities in designing coherent macroeconomic, social and environmental policies; reducing vulnerability to volatility in the global economy; and enabling least developed countries (LDCs) to make the most adequate use of benefits derived from the LDC category.

MDG Gap Task Force Report

The MDG Gap Task Force was created by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2007 to improve the monitoring of the global commitments contained in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Report identifies implementation gaps to achieve the MDGs and provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address these gaps.

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