The Population Division works to strengthen the evidence base on global, regional, and country-level mortality levels and trends by compiling, assessing and analysing data from a wide variety of sources. A major component of this work is the development of new methods and tools for the estimation and analysis of mortality, particularly for countries where death registration data are deficient.
The Population Division produces estimates of various mortality indicators, including numbers of deaths, life expectancy, child mortality, and adult mortality in the biennial Revisions of World Population Prospects. The Division also issues technical reports, fact sheets, wall charts and other materials to disseminate information on mortality to a variety of consumers. These products provide analyses of the levels, trends and differentials in mortality and causes of death, and also identify emerging issues affecting mortality trends.
In addition, the Population Division provides demographic expertise to inter-agency initiatives on issues related to mortality and health, including the UN Inter-agency Group on Child Mortality Estimation, the Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-agency Group, and the UNAIDS Reference Group on Estimates, Modelling and Projections. The Division collaborates actively with academic researchers in the development of new methods for the estimation and projection of mortality, and convenes periodic expert group meetings on technical and substantive issues related to mortality.
- World Mortality Report 2011
- Sex Differentials in Childhood Mortality
- Changing Levels and trends in Mortality: The role of patterns of death by cause
Methods and Software
- Technical paper No. 2011/2 - Mortality Estimates from Major Sample Surveys: Towards the Design of a Database for the Monitoring of Mortality Levels and Trends
- Extended Model Life Tables
- Methods for Estimating Adult Mortality
- United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mortality: Priorities for improved survival: ICPD beyond 2014 - New York, 21-22 October 2013
- United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Mortality Crises: Conflicts, Violence, Famine, Natural Disasters and the Growing Burden of Non-communicable Diseases - New York, 14-15 November 2011
- Expert Group Meeting on Health, Mortality and Development - New York, 10-12 November 2009