DESA News Vol. 12, No. 07 July 2008

Publications and websites

Technical report

World Economic and Social Situation 2008: Overcoming Economic InsecurityWorld Economic and Social Situation 2008: Overcoming Economic Insecurity

Economic insecurity arises from the exposure of individuals, communities and countries to adverse events, and from their inability to cope with and recover from the downside losses. The attention brought to the presence of heightened economic risks and compounded threats has often been met with the response that the forces behind them are autonomous and irresistible, and beyond our collective control. This flagship report from DESA argues that a strong social contract is needed to provide predictability and stability for individuals, households and communities and, at the national level, that space is needed for conducting effective macroeconomic and social policy.

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Statistical compilations

National Accounts Statistics 2006: Main Aggregates and Detailed TablesNational Accounts Statistics 2006: Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables

The forty-eighth issue of National Accounts Statistics: Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables shows detailed national accounts estimates for most of the world's countries and areas for the reporting years 1995 to 2006. The national data for each country and area are presented in separate chapters using uniform table headings and classifications recommended in the United Nations System of National Accounts. A summary of the conceptual framework of the SNA and definitions of important terms are also included in this publication. Other statistical information covered includes gross domestic product, national income, savings, private and government consumption, and transactions of institutional sectors.

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Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS OnlineMonthly 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. 3, March 2008

In this issue: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; fuel imports, developed economies; registration of new motor vehicles; external trade conversion factors; manufactured goods exports ; selected series of world statistics. Publication symbol ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/423.

Vol. LXII, no. 4, April 2008

In this issue: Civil aviation traffic; total exports and imports by countries or areas. Publication symbol ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/424.

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iGuide: ICTD Resources in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay AreaiGuide: ICTD Resources in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area

Published by the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, the iGUIDE is the first-ever comprehensive resource directory of local information and communication technologies and development initiatives. Its easy-to-use listings of vital information about ICT for development organizations and their founders will serve as a valuable resource for practitioners, not only in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area, but also internationally. The iGUIDE provides a blueprint for replication in other areas of the world where ICT is of growing importance in meeting the challenges of the Millennium Development Goals.

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UN-NGO-IRENE – Best Practices NetworkUN-NGO-IRENE – Best Practices Network

The DESA Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination has recently launched a best practices site for the informal regional network of UN affiliated NGOs (Irene). The website allows organizations in consultative status with the Council to share success stories and take an active part in reviewing and rating projects. Photo galleries and map-based presentation of project locations are featured.

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ECOSOC Development Policies DatabaseECOSOC Development Policies Database

The Economic and Social Council development policies database is a growing collection of policies, outcomes and analysis based on information provided by governments for the national reports and national voluntary presentations prepared for the annual ministerial reviews of the Council. The policy entries highlight successes, challenges, development outcomes, lessons-learned and partnership initiatives with the aim to facilitate sharing of lessons-learned and identification of policies that could be replicated or adapted to other contexts.

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