DESA News Vol. 12, No. 05 May 2008

Publications and websites

Technical reports

World Population Policies 2007World Population Policies 2007

This report delineates Governments’ views and policies concerning population and development for 195 countries. In particular, it itemizes policies in the areas of population size and growth, population age structure, fertility and family planning, health and mortality, spatial distribution and internal migration, and international migration. Preparation of the publication was facilitated by the cooperation of Member States and non-member states of the United Nations, the regional commissions, and the agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system.

For more information: http://www/esa/population/publications/wpp2007/wpp2007.htm

World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision – Sex and Age Distribution of the World PopulationWorld Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision – Sex and Age Distribution of the World Population

The 2006 revision builds on the 2004 revision and incorporates both the results of the 2000 round of national population censuses and of recent specialized surveys carried out in countries around the world. These sources provide both demographic and other information to assess the progress made in achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. The comprehensive review of past worldwide demographic trends and future prospects presented in the 2006 Revision provides the population basis for the assessment of those goals. This volume presents detailed information about the composition of population by age and sex.

To order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=15790


Statistical compilations

World Statistics Pocketbook 2007World Statistics Pocketbook 2007

The United Nations World Statistics Pocketbook is an authoritative and comprehensive compilation of key statistical indicators in convenient country profile format. The 2007 edition presents available data for 215 countries and areas for 55 indicators, generally for the years 2000 and 2006, 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 notes on the sources and definitions of the indicators are provided to help users perform further research on the statistics. Sales number E.08.XVII.5. Publication symbol ST/ESA/STAT/SER.V/32.

To order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=17342


Handbooks

Indicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and MethodologiesIndicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies

The third revised set of sustainable development indicators contains 96 indicators, including a subset of 50 core indicators with detailed methodologies. The indicator set builds on the previous two editions, which have been improved and extensively tested by a group of experts from developing and developed countries. The guidelines on indicators and their detailed methodology sheets may be used as a reference for all countries to develop national indicators of sustainable development.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/natlinfo/indicators/isd.htm

Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2

The population and housing census represents one of the pillars for data collection on the number and characteristics of the population of a country. The population and housing census is part of an integrated national statistical system, which may include other censuses (for example, agriculture), surveys, registers and administrative files. It provides, at regular intervals, the benchmark for population count at national and local levels. For small geographical areas or sub-populations, it may represent the only source of information for certain social, demographic and economic characteristics. This handbook focuses on the traditional census while also describing other approaches. Sales number 07.XVII.8.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/standmeth/principles/


Directory

Compendium of ICT Applications on Electronic Government, Volume 1Compendium of ICT Applications on Electronic Government, Volume 1

The Compendium of ICT Applications on Electronic Government, volume 1, is now available in printed version. This volume focuses on mobile applications for health and learning.

To download: http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/UN/UNPAN030003.pdf


Outreach material

Population and HIV/AIDS 2007 – Wall ChartPopulation and HIV/AIDS 2007 – Wall Chart

This wall chart provides the most recent information on HIV/AIDS for all countries in the world. The chart includes information on Government measures implemented in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the number of people living with HIV, adult HIV prevalence, the number of deaths due to AIDS and the number of AIDS orphans. Additional data include life expectancy at birth and total population in 2015 with and without AIDS, condom use and antiretroviral coverage.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/AIDS_Wallchart_web_2007/
Population%20and%20HIV-AIDS%202007.htm

World Mortality 2007 – Wall ChartWorld Mortality 2007 – Wall Chart

The World Mortality 2007 wall chart presents key indicators of mortality at the global, regional and country levels. It highlights variations among countries regarding annual deaths, crude death rates, life expectancy at birth by sex, infant mortality, under-five mortality, and survival from birth to age 15, from age 15 to age 60, and from birth to age 60. The estimates of mortality are complemented by information related to major causes of death: the proportion of deaths due to three broad groups of causes, adult HIV prevalence, AIDS deaths, and the maternal mortality ratio.

To order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=17712

World Population 2006 – Wall ChartWorld Population 2006 – Wall Chart

This wall chart provides the most recent information on population estimates and projections for all countries in the world. Included is information on key indicators of population change, such as crude birth and crude death rates, total fertility, under-five mortality, life expectancy at birth, or average annual population change. The chart also provides the mid-year population of all countries for 2007, 2020 and 2050 and a ranking of countries with 100 million inhabitants or more in 1950, 2007 and 2050.

To order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=17312

World Contraceptive Use 2007 – Wall ChartWorld Contraceptive Use 2007 – Wall Chart

This item presents the latest country data available on some basic dimensions of reproductive health including two of the Millennium Development Goals indicators: contraceptive prevalence (any method) and unmet need for family planning. In addition, it provides information on the number of women aged 15 to 49 who are married or in union, the methods of contraception being used and the rate of change of contraceptive prevalence. The information is provided both in tabular form and displayed by means of charts and maps.

To order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=17703

World Fertility Patterns 2007 – Wall ChartWorld Fertility Patterns 2007 – Wall Chart

The wall chart presents fertility data from national sources for two points in time – around 1970 and the latest available. The selected indicators are total fertility, the mean age at childbearing and age-specific fertility including the adolescent birth rate.

To order: https://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=17713


Rural Population, Development and the Environment 2007 – Wall ChartRural Population, Development and the Environment 2007 – Wall Chart

This wall chart displays 2007 information on various aspects of population, environment and development, including changes in rural populations and their relationship with development and the environment. The chart includes information for 228 countries or areas as well as data at the regional and sub-regional levels.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/2007_PopDevt/2007_PopDevt_Rural.htm

Urban Population Development and the Environment 2007 – Wall ChartUrban Population Development and the Environment 2007 – Wall Chart

This wall chart displays 2007 information on various aspects of population, environment and development, including changes in urban populations and their relationship with development and the environment. The chart includes information for 228 countries or areas as well as data at the regional and sub-regional levels.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/2007_PopDevt/2007_PopDevt_Urban.htm


Websites

AMR Innovation Fair BlogsAMR Innovation Fair Blogs

In 2008 and in 2009, the AMR Innovation Fair will include a Civil Society Pavillon where NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and their partners can display best practices in the field of sustainable development. The Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination has created two blogs to help NGOs prepare, one for 2008 and one for 2009.

To read and comment: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/

Committee for Development Policy – Pilot BlogCommittee for Development Policy – Pilot Blog

The DESA Development Policy and Analysis Division recently launched a blog on a pilot basis to promote awareness and discussion of the issues before the Committee for Development Policy. CDP is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council that provides independent advice on emerging development issues and on international cooperation for development. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing the status of least developed countries.

To read and comment: http://webapps01.un.org/dpadblog/