DESA News Vol. 13, No. 04 April 2009

Publications and websites

Technical reports

World Population Prospects: The 2008 RevisionWorld Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision

This publication covers the official UN estimations and projections of population for all countries of the world for the period 1950-2050. The 2008 Revision reveals that the world population is projected to reach 7 billion early in 2012, up from the current 6.8 billion, and surpass 9 billion people by 2050. Most of the additional 2.3 billion people will enlarge the population of developing countries, which is projected to rise from 5.6 billion in 2009 to 7.9 billion in 2050, and will be distributed among the population aged 15-59 (1.2 billion) and 60 or over (1.1 billion) because the number of children under age 15 in developing countries will decrease.

In contrast, the population of the more developed regions is expected to change minimally, passing from 1.23 billion to 1.28 billion, and would have declined to 1.15 billion were it not for the projected net migration from developing to developed countries, which is projected to average 2.4 million persons annually from 2009 to 2050.

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International Migration Report 2006: A Global Assessment

More people live outside their country of birth today than at any time in history, and the numbers of people who move across international borders are expected to continue to rise in the future. In the past years, international migration has moved to the forefront of the international agenda.

The report discusses major trends in the international migrant stock in the world and international migration policies since the 1990s, includes the resolutions on international migration and development, adopted by the General Assembly in 2003, 2004 and 2005, as well as the corresponding reports of the Secretary-General on international migration and development. It also presents international migration profiles for the world as a whole as well as for all major areas and regions, special country groupings and individual countries.

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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. 2, February 2009

Indices of world industrial production by branches of industry and by regions; Producer price indices; Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; Earnings in manufacturing, by sex; Construction of new buildings; Total exports and imports by regions: volume and unit value indices and terms of trade. Publication symbol is ST/ESA/STAT/SER.Q/434.

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Discussion papers

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects

The March issue of this briefing states that the global financial markets remain highly volatile and that global imbalances are unwinding in disorderly fashion, heightening the risk of exchange rate volatility. Unemployment is increasing worldwide at an alarming pace and many countries see their fiscal positions to deteriorate significantly.

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Working Paper on Climate Change Integration: Towards Operationalization

The climate change debate raises the issue of often identified, but as yet little explored, requirement to incorporate climate policy into other policy sectors, often termed climate “mainstreaming” or climate policy integration (CPI). This paper explores the imperative for CPI, the state of current understanding, and proposals for implementation at the crucial national policy scale. The paper draws on the longer-standing field of environmental policy integration, noting that literature’s scant coverage of climate issues but its greater focus on policy and administrative structures and processes, and concludes that more attention needs to be given to these implementation mechanisms for CPI.

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Secretary-General’s Database on violence against womenSecretary-General’s Database on violence against women

In December 2006, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a comprehensive resolution calling for an intensification of efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and requesting the Secretary-General to establish a coordinated database on the extent, nature and consequences of all forms of violence against women, and on the impact and effectiveness of policies and programmes for, including best practices in, combating such violence.

On 5 March, during the 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the database was launched by Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, hailing it as a first global “one stop shop” for information on legal, policy and institutional measures by member states to address violence against women. She states further that this database will give critical impetus for action in the framework of the “UNiTE to end violence against women” campaign.

More specifically, the publicly accessible and searchable database ensures easy access to comprehensive and up-to-date information on all forms of violence against women, as well as actions taken to address such violence. It also strengthens the knowledge base for effective policy responses to prevent and address violence against women, through exchange of experiences and of promising practices in addressing violence against women. The database contributes to further collection, availability, use and dissemination of data on violence against women, as well as the analysis of trends in addressing violence against women.

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