DESA News Vol. 12, No. 12 December 2008

Publications and websites

Technical reports

Ageing and DevelopmentAgeing and Development

This book is an authoritative analysis of the social and economic implications of this trend. Providing a wealth of statistical and quantitative evidence and complied by leading economists working in this area, this book provides an analysis of the social and economic implications of population ageing and development. It argues that the challenges are not insurmountable, but societies need to put in place the required policies to confront these challenges effectively. This is a timely and definitive guide to the impact of global ageing population.

To order: http://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=18126

Uneven Economic DevelopmentUneven Economic Development

Leading economists and development experts examine the causes and implications of international economic divergences. This comprehensive and timely book reviews economic growth and structural change patterns since the 1960s, before critically reviewing the respective role and impact of trade liberalization, macroeconomic policies, governance and institutions on comparative national economic performance, particularly in developing countries.

To order: http://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=18127

Implementing the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Responses for Public Administration - Contribution of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration Implementing the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Responses for Public Administration - Contribution of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration

The Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the UN looks at the ways in which public administration and institutional governance can be mobilized to most effectively implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). This report includes essays by some of the leading figures of the Committee on issues critical to shaping the contemporary state in order to implement the MDG. This issues range, for instance, from migration and primary education to African States and the search of new forms of public governance.

To download: http://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=18753


Statistical compilations

Population and Vital Statistics ReportPopulation and Vital Statistics Report

This issue of the Population and Vital Statistics Report presents data for countries or areas on population size from the latest available census, estimated total population size for 2006 or 2007, and the number and rate of vital events (live births, deaths, and infant deaths) for the latest available year within the past 15 years (1993-2007). This issue also presents data for the world and its major areas and regions on estimated population size for both 2005 and 2006. These estimates were prepared by the Population Division of DESA. Publication symbol is ST/ESA/STAT/SER/A246-247.

For more information: http://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=17806

International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Rev.4International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Rev.4

The International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) is the international reference classification of productive activities. Its main purpose is to provide a set of activity categories that can be utilized for the collection and reporting of statistics according to such activities. This fourth revision of ISIC (ISIC, Rev.4) is the outcome of a review process that spanned several years and involved contributions from many classifications experts and users around the world. This process resulted in an ISIC structure that is more detailed than the previous version, responding to the need to identify many new industries separately. Publication symbol is ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/4/Rev.4 and Sales No. E.08.XVII.25.

For more information: http://unp.un.org/details.aspx?pid=18142

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

The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents 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. 9, September 2008

Quarterly and annual tables included in this issue: Fuel imports of developed economies; Indicators on fuel imports of developed economies; Registration of new motor vehicles; External trade conversion factors; Manufactured goods exports; Exports by commodity classes and by regions, developed economies; Selected series of world statistics. Publication symbol is ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/429.

Vol. LXII – No. 10, October 2008

Quarterly and bimonthly tables included in this issue: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; Civil aviation traffic (passenger-km, cargo net ton-km); Total exports and imports by countries or areas (volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars). Publication symbol is ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/430.

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


Discussion papers

World Economic Situation and Prospects: Monthly Briefing Note to the Secretary-General, November 2008

In response to the intensified global financial crisis, a large number of countries adopted extensive emergency plans in October 2008, following a more comprehensive and internationally concerted approach. However, great uncertainties remain in global financial markets. The impact of financial strains on economic activity is deepening and the crisis is spreading rapidly towards a growing number of developing countries and the economies in transition.

To download: http://www.un.org/esa/policy/events/sgnote_2.pdf


Websites

National Statistics Day: Celebrating the vital role of statistics in national developmentNational Statistics Day: Celebrating the vital role of statistics in national development

The DESA Statistics Division has added a new website that provides a list of countries that celebrate Statistics Day/Week/Month along with the latest date of observance, links to their commemorative sites and other relevant documents on the events. Ninety-seven countries and areas have been celebrating a statistics day, week or month to raise the profile of official statistics. There are variations in the way these events are held, most countries celebrate a statistics day annually, some countries observe either a week-long event, or celebrate a statistics day every 5 years or did so as a one-time occasion.

To browse: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/dnss/statistics_day/Statistics_Day.htm