DESA News Vol. 12, No. 04 April 2008

Features

The greening of statistics The greening of statistics

The intricate web of geophysical, economic, and social effects of climate change poses a special challenge for public policy-makers. While analysis of public and private activity tends to be sectoral in nature, these sectors interact in complex ways that are difficult to understand and measure. For policy-makers hoping to make sense of the total system, getting the data right is an essential first step.

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Shifting populations Shifting populations

Profound changes in the distribution of world population, and in particular increasing urbanization, offer a number of opportunities that countries should seize while avoiding the negative consequences of urban growth. According to a recent DESA report, half of the world’s population now lives in cities. In 2008, the number of urban dwellers, at 3.4 billion, will equal the number of rural dwellers for the first time in history.

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Climate change: Grave consequences for indigenous peoples Climate change: Grave consequences for indigenous peoples

Elissavet Stamatopoulou, Chief of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, briefed NGOs on 20 March on climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods, the theme of the Forum’s upcoming session. “Although indigenous peoples have hardly contributed to climate change,” noted Stamatopoulou, “they are bearing some of its gravest consequences.”

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Publications and websites

Public Enterprises: Unresolved Challenges and New Opportunities

Public Enterprises: Unresolved Challenges and New Opportunities

This publication examines the role of public enterprises in today’s economy and performance monitoring, in particular within the context of the Millennium Development Goals. The report focuses on conceptual issues, theories and models associated with public enterprises, as well as on contemporary approaches to management.


UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade)

UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade)

The UN Comtrade database has a fresh new face. Comtrade is one of the organization’s most expansive information resources with detailed imports and exports statistics reported by statistical authorities of close to 200 countries or areas.


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Comings and goings

Comings

The following staff member was promoted in March:

Mr. Keiji Inoue, Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy and Analysis Division

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