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World Economic and Social Survey

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

World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015:
Learning from National Policies Supporting MDG Implementation

ISBN 978-92-1-109171-7
Sales No. E.15.II.C.1

The launching of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the year 2000 ushered in one of the most important initiatives undertaken by the global community. Concerted efforts at the international, regional, national and subnational levels to achieve the MDGs have brought about significant development progress over the past 15 years. Nevertheless, important development gaps remain.

The year 2015 was one of global action on the unfinished business of the MDGs and the many other challenges facing humankind. United Nations Member States took the leading role in promoting development for all and, through an inclusive consultation process, formulated the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, launched  in September along with a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These new goals will apply universally to all countries, while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development.

As the MDG experience shows, setting ambitious goals is the first step; achieving them requires concrete actions. The World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015 reviews economic, social and environmental policies implemented at the national level and the institutional aspects that enabled them, bringing about significant progress towards achieving the MDGs. The Survey concludes with a set of useful policy lessons that Member States will find helpful in formulating strategies and policies for implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including the SDGs.


Development Issues No. 5: Income convergence or persistent inequalities among countries?

Development Issues Series

The Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit in the Development Policy and Analysis Division has launched a new briefing note series called Development Issues. The notes are intended to clarify concepts used in the analytical work of the Division, provide references to current development issues and offer a common background for development policy discussions. The first five tackle inequality, multidimensional poverty and income convergence.