DESA News Vol. 11, No. 5 May 2007

Publications and websites

Technical reports

Industrial Development for the 21st Century: Sustainable Development Perspectives

Industrial Development for the 21st Century: Sustainable Development Perspectives

This report highlights key industrial development challenges for developing countries, across different regions and sectors, and how effectively and with what sorts of policies and results different countries have responded.

The publication can be downloaded from: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/publications/industrial_development/index.htm

World Population Ageing 2007

World Population Ageing 2007

This edition of World Population Ageing updates the original report issued in 2002 in conjunction with the Second World Assembly on Ageing and incorporates new variables. It provides a description of global population trends in population ageing and includes a series of indicators of the ageing process by development regions, major areas, regions and countries. It is intended to provide a solid demographic foundation for the follow-up activities of the Second World Assembly on Ageing.

For more information and to order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?entry=E07WPA

Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development: Country Studies on Brazil, Cuba, Lithuania, Mexico, Russian Federation, Slovakia and Thailand

Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development

This title presents seven national case studies from a coordinated research project led by the IAEA, in cooperation with DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development. The publication describes how energy indicators are developed at the national level, how they can be used to assess national energy systems and how they assist in reviewing the effectiveness of policies undertaken or planned.

The publication can be downloaded from:

http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/publications/energy_indicators/index.htm

Case Studies of Market Transformation Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Case Studies of Market Transformation Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Drawing on DESA’s involvement in technical cooperation projects, outlines some of the experiences and lessons learned in promoting more energy efficient refrigerators and renewable energy in China, market transformation through appliance standards and labeling, and commercializing renewable energy in India.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/publications/energy_casestudies/index.htm

Compendium of Innovative E-government Practices

Compendium of Innovative E-government Practices

As information and communication technologies change the lives of people around the world, governments must find solutions that increase public value to citizens through, for example, the use of internet which has the power to transform government service delivery and public administration. This title is a compilation of recent case studies of innovative e-government solutions, services and applications with 200 case studies from 48 countries. Topics covered include e-democracy, gender equality, e-education, e-commerce, information access, and citizen service delivery.

For more information: http://www.unpan.org/dpepa-kmb-eg-egovapps.asp

Indigenous Women and the United Nations System: Good Practices and Lessons Learned

Indigenous Women and the United Nations System: Good Practices and Lessons Learned

Despite their enormous assets and contribution to society, indigenous women still suffer from discrimination both as women and as indigenous individuals. They are subjected to extreme poverty, trafficking, illiteracy, lack of access to ancestral lands, non-existent or poor health care and violence in the private and the public sphere. This title gathers is a compilation of cases submitted by UN agencies describing their work with indigenous women in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Indigenous Women will be launched in May during the sixth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, in English, French and Spanish.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/publications.html


Statistical compilations

Population and Vital Statistics Report

Population and Vital Statistics Report

The Population and Vital Statistics Report: Series A presents most recent data on population size (total, male and female) from the latest available census of the population, national official population estimates and the number and rate (births, deaths and infant deaths) for the latest available year after 1988. It also presents United Nations estimates of the mid-year population of the world, with its various areas and regions. The current issue presents data for 2004 or 2005 (the latest available year).

Vol. LIX, no.1, January 2007, ST/ESA/STAT/SER.A/240-241

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/vitstats/

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

MBS provides monthly statistics on more than 50 indicators from over 200 countries and areas, together with special tables illustrating important economic developments. Quarterly data for significant world and regional aggregates are included regularly.

Vol. LXI, no.2, February 2007 ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/410

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.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs/


Meeting records

Proceedings of the Expert-Group Meeting on Social and Economic Implications of Changing Population Age Structures

This volume contains the proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on the Social and Economic Implications of Changing Population Age Structures, convened in Mexico City from 31 August to 2 September 2005, to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by emerging trends in this area, including policy options to take advantage of the so-called demographic dividend and to mitigate the problems arising from changing age structures in different socio-economic and political contexts. Forthcoming.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/population/meetings/EGMPopAge/EGMPopAge.htm


Working papers

Our Common Humanity in the Information Age: Principles and Values for Development

This title features statements by stakeholders addressing the challenges of globalization and the common destiny of human beings as neighbours sharing a common humanity. The publication is organized into six sections corresponding to the six values highlighted in the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals, namely freedom, solidarity, equality, tolerance, respect for nature and shared responsibility. Forthcoming.

For more information and to order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?entry=E07043

Humanizing the Digital Age

This title will be published jointly by the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, Fordham University, Kadir Has University, ESAD Business School and the South-South Cooperation programme of UNDP. It examines how the information revolution has provided unprecedented opportunities for economic and human development, and argues that success in globalizing markets depends on integration of human knowledge, skills, capacities, efficiency and the speed of people to adapt to fast changing conditions. Forthcoming.

For more information and to order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?entry=E07020


Outreach material

Brochures on the global statistical system

Brochures on the global statistical system

The Statistics Division of DESA has released a pair of brochures on the efforts and achievements of the United Nations in the advancement of the global statistical system from 1947-2007.

For more information and to download: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/