DESA News Vol. 12, No. 04 April 2008

Publications and websites

Technical reports

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. A possible public enterprise governance index is presented with a discussion of its potential to support ongoing performance monitoring of public enterprises in several developing countries.

To download: http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/un/unpan022073.pdf


Statistical compilations

World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision – Comprehensive Tables World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision – Comprehensive Tables

The 2006 revision of World Population Prospects incorporates the results of the 2000 round of national population censuses and of specialized surveys carried out in countries around the world. The comprehensive review of past worldwide demographic trends and future prospects presented in the 2006 revision provides the population basis for the assessment of the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs. This newly released volume includes comprehensive tables of major demographic indicators for all countries. The data is also available online.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2006/wpp2006.htm

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

MBS provides current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or annual and quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international merchandise trade and finance.

Vol. LXII, no. 1, January 2008

In this issue: Civil aviation traffic (passenger-km, cargo net ton-km); total exports and imports by countries or areas (volume, unit value, terms of trade, purchasing power of exports). Publication symbol ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/421.

Vol. LXII, no. 2, February 2008

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. Publication symbol ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/422.

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


Working papers

Integration of Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives in Country Development Processes: Review of Selected CCAs and UNDAFs, No. 3, January 2008 Integration of Indigenous Peoples’ Perspectives in Country Development Processes: Review of Selected CCAs and UNDAFs, No. 3, January 2008

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has been making recommendations for mainstreaming and integrating indigenous issues in the UN system since its first session. This review of selected common country assessment and development assistance frameworks is part of the efforts to promote the implementation of the Forum’s recommendations, with a view to identifying challenges faced by indigenous peoples at country level and strengthening the UN system through better consideration of indigenous issues in UN analytical and programmatic instruments at country level in particular.

To download: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/ccaundaf3.pdf

MDG Reports and Indigenous Peoples: A Desk Review, No. 3, February 2008 MDG Reports and Indigenous Peoples: A Desk Review, No. 3, February 2008

This desk review aims to analyze recent achievements and challenges of indigenous peoples by examining available data contained in a diverse selection of Millennium Development Goals country reports. Building upon similar analyses previously undertaken by the Secretariat, a total of ten country reports were reviewed this year from a broad range of countries in which indigenous peoples live. In this volume: Guyana, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

To download: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/MDG_Reports_and_IPs_2008.pdf


Websites

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. It concerns annual trade data from 1962 to the latest year and is considered the most comprehensive trade database available with more than 1 billion records.

To search free of charge: http://comtrade.un.org/