DESA News Vol. 10, No. 6 November-December 2006

Publications and websites

Technical reports

Overcoming Economic Vulnerability and Creating Employment: Report of the Committee for Development Policy on its Eighth Session


Overcoming economic vulnerability and creating employment: report of the Committee for Development Policy on its eighth session, held 20-24 March 2006, contains the contribution of the Committee to the high-level segment of the 2006 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council, which was entitled creating an environment at the national and international levels conducive to generating full and productive employment and decent work for all, and its impact on sustainable development. The publication also examines the concept of coping with economic vulnerability and instability, focusing on national and international policy responses, and contains the review of the status of least developed countries. The publication is expected to be issued in November.

Contact: Mr. Anatoly Smyshlyaev, Secretary, Committee for Development Policy,+1 212/ 963-4687


Policy Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Family Well-beingPolicy Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being

The purpose of the Policy Workshop on HIV/AIDS and Family Well-being, held in Windhoek, Namibia in January 2006 was to bring together representatives of governments and non-governmental organizations as well as academic experts and practitioners from various countries in southern Africa to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on families in the region; to consider how families and communities are coping with the disease; and to contribute to the development of a strategic policy framework to assist Governments to strengthen the capacity of families and family networks to cope. This report reflects the collective views of workshop participants.


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Statistical compilations

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

Provides monthly statistics on 50 subjects from over 200 countries and areas, together with special tables illustrating important economic developments. Quarterly data for significant world and regional aggregates are included.


Vol. LX – No.7, July 2006

Special features in this issue: World shipbuilding; Civil aviation traffic: passenger-km, cargo net ton-km; Total exports and imports by countries or areas: volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars; World exports by provenance and destination.


Vol. LX – No.8, August 2006

Special features in this issue: Indices of world industrial production by branches of industry and by regions; Producer price indices; Earnings in manufacturing, by sex; Construction of new buildings; Total exports and imports by regions: volume and unit value indices and terms of trade.


Vol. LX – No.9, September 2006

Special features in this issue: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; Fuel imports, developed economies: unit value and volume indices; Indicators on fuel imports, developed economies; Registration of new motor vehicles; External trade conversion factors; Manufactured goods exports: unit value indices, volume indices and value; Exports by commodity classes and by regions; Selected series of world statistics.

Contact: Ms. Adriana Skenderi, Statistics Division, +1 212/963-4602



Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook 2003 Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook 2003


Sales no. E/F.05.XVII.9

The Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook provides statistics on the production of about 530 major industrial commodities. Data are provided for a ten-year period and for approximately 200 countries and territories. The commodities have been selected on the basis of their importance in world production and trade. At the end of the publication are two annexes: an index of commodities in alphabetical order; and a table of correspondence among ISIC-based commodity codes, SITC Rev. 2, SITC Rev. 3 and Harmonized System (HS) codes.

Contact: Mr.Ralf Becker, Statistics Division, +1 212/963-4600.



World Statistics Pocketbook 2005 World Statistics Pocketbook 2005


Sales no. E.06.XVII.3

This handy international statistical pocketbook provides a compilation of basic economic, social and environmental indicators for 208 countries and areas world-wide. It covers 57 key indicators in the areas of population, economic activity, agriculture, industry, energy, international trade, transport, communications, gender, education and environment, based on over 20 international statistical sources. The layout provides an easy‑to‑view comprehensive statistical profile of each country or area; and the notes on sources and definitions on indicators provide a valuable guide for further research by the in‑depth user of these statistics.

Contact: Mr. Virgilio Castillo, Statistics Division, +1 212/963-4867


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Population and Vital Statistics Report, January 2006, Vol. LVIII


This biannual journal, released in English, gives you estimates of world and regional populations as well as estimates for 218 countries. Information is derived from each country's latest population, national census and from nationally representative statistics on birth and mortality.

Contact: Mr. Armindo Miranda, Population Division, +! 212/963-3210


Innovations in Governance and Public Administration: Replicating What Works Innovations in Governance and Public Administration: Replicating What Works

This publication sheds light on the many opportunities of innovations in governance as a developmental tool. The publication provides key ideas and useful tools to transfer and adapt successful practices and innovations in governance and public administration. By providing governments with a menu of innovations to solve economic and social problems effectively and with tools to adapt to their own context, the international community can play a critical role in promoting good governance.

Contact: Division for Public Administration and Development Management


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60th Anniversary of the United Nations Statistical Commission

Commemorative site in celebration of the Commission’s 60 years of building the global statistical system

Contact: Mr. Virgilio Castillo, Statistics Division, +1 212 963-4867

Standard International Trade Classification, revision 4

Site repository of the fourth revision of the Standard International Trade Classification, produced in view of the accumulated changes in the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.

Contact: Mr. Ronald Jansen, Statistics Division +1 212/963-5980