DESA News Vol. 13, No. 03 March 2009

Publications and websites

Technical reports

Compendium of Best Practices and Innovations in Public AdministrationCompendium of Best Practices and Innovations in Public Administration

The Compendium provides an overview of the innovative practices that won the 2008 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA), which is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service.

The publication disseminates, through descriptive case studies, information about these initiatives by looking at the problem that led to an innovation, the solution that was designed and implemented to respond to a specific problem and the actors involved in the innovation process. It also looks into the implementation steps undertaken, and the lessons learned. Learning more about how public institutions from around the world have solved difficult governance and public administration challenges can be a powerful inspirational tool for those engaged in improving their public service delivery to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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2006 Demographic Yearbook2006 Demographic Yearbook

This Yearbook provides statistics on population size and composition, fertility, mortality, infant and fetal mortality, marriages and divorces. It is the primary source for national population and housing censuses, population-related statistics from national administrative recording systems as well as population and household surveys reported by national statistical authorities.

This issue also presents for the first time data on death rates by cause and by sex. In addition, this edition displays data on marriages, which is cross-tabulated by age of groom and age of bride. This data was not published in a Demographic Yearbook since 1990.

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2005 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I and Vol. II2005 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I and Vol. II

The fifty-fourth edition of this Yearbook provides the basic information for individual countries external trade performances in terms of value as well as in volume and price, the importance of trading partners and the significance of individual commodities imported and exported.

Volume I contains detailed data for 173 countries or areas, volume II contains commodity tables showing the total trade of certain commodities by regions and countries as well as additional analytical tables. This is a bilingual publication, in English and French.

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2005 Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I and Vol. II2005 Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I and Vol. II

This Yearbook is the thirty-ninth in a series of annual compilations of statistics on world industry designed to meet both the general demand for information of this kind and the special requirements of the United Nations and related international bodies.

This edition contains annual data on production of about 600 industrial commodities in terms of physical quantity and monetary value. It is also the first edition that includes data in monetary value and it is presented in two volumes: Volume I: Physical Quantity Data and Volume II: Monetary Value Data. The statistics refer to the ten-year period 1996-2005 for about 200 countries and areas.

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Statistical compilations

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. LXIII – No. 1, January 2009

Quarterly tables included 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 and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars). Publication symbol is ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/433.

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Update on Economic and Social Statistical Classifications

The Classifications registry keeps updated information on Statistical Classifications maintained by DESA’s Statistics Division. Rulings, corrections, interpretations and proposals for future revisions are recorded and these entries can also be searched or viewed sorted by meetings where they have been discussed or the revision process to which they may relate.

As of 1 March, a large set of classifications-related files will be made available for free on this site. These files had been available only on a fee bases before, but will now be freely available to all non-commercial users. This set of files includes complete publication files (in PDF) and complete classification structures with full explanatory notes (in MS Access) in different languages as well as a number of correspondence tables.

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New website of DESA’s Division for Sustainable DevelopmentNew website of DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development

The new design emphasizes the division’s mission of promoting sustainable development, both as the substantive Secretariat to the Commission on Sustainable Development, and through technical cooperation and capacity-building at the international, regional and national levels. The new site focuses on the areas of work of the division and the Commission, highlights sustainable development topics, and includes databases and resources. It also features upcoming events and contains a separate area for news and the media.

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New website of the Global Centre for ICT in ParliamentNew website of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament

The new site allows an easier flow of information regarding ICT and parliaments and is enriched with additional information management and knowledge sharing tools. The online resources are presented in a more user-friendly, searchable and interactive manner through the development of a digital library containing a vast number of studies and reports on e-parliament and a repository of ICT legislation.

In addition, the development of a video channel hosts the video reports of conferences, workshops, presentations and tutorials related to the domain of ICT in Parliament. Furthermore the online resources are complemented by detailed information on parliamentary assemblies, inter-parliamentary organizations and parliamentary associations.

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Improvement of the 2010 world programme on census websiteImprovement of the 2010 world programme on census website

The site has been modified to present information on how many countries have already conducted a census and to highlight the corresponding percentage of the world population that has been enumerated. This information will be presented in the form of charts and will be updated regularly to show which countries have already carried out a census, and which ones are either planning or have no information on when they plan a census. Countries that are postponing the dates of their census will be highlighted to ensure follow up and to determine the cause for the postponement.

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