DESA News Vol. 13, No. 10 October 2009

Publications and websites

Technical reports

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2009MDG Gap Task Force Report 2009

The 2009 Report of the Secretary-General’s MDG Gap Task Force, “Strengthening the Global Partnership for Development in a Time of Crisis,” launched on 16 September, warns that, with less than six years to go until 2015, the international community is far behind in meeting the Eighth Millennium Development Goal and its agreed targets on Official Development Assistance (ODA), Access to Markets, Debt Sustainability, Access to Affordable Essential Medicines and Access to new Technologies. It argues that the commitments to fight global poverty are more important than ever as the confluence of economic, food and climate crises and an influenza pandemic threaten to destroy some hard-won gains previously made in the global partnership.

The Taskforce estimates, inter alia, that OECD donors are falling short by $35 billion per year on the 2005 pledge on annual aid flows made by the Group of Eight in Gleneagles. Of the required increase, $20 billion per year should go to Africa. The report equally signals remaining shortfalls in meeting the targets in the other areas related to MDG8, as well as inequities across countries in benefits from the global partnership for development. The Task Force brings together more than 20 UN agencies, including the World Bank and IMF, as well as WTO and the OECD.

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Sustainable Urbanization in the Information AgeSustainable Urbanization in the Information Age

This book talks about sustainable urbanization as the key consideration in environmental planning and management to improve living conditions for the 2.5 billion poor in the world. It examines policies and actions that might provide new, more effective responses to poverty, social justice, environmental degradation and other challenges as humans increasingly congregate in urban agglomerations.

It also examines the experiences how the private sector and civil society can contribute to achieving sustainable urbanization. The book contains views of representatives of cities from all over the world in dealing with sustainable urbanization and information communication technologies.

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Statistical compilations

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

The bulletin 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. 9, September 2009

Quarterly and bimonthly tables included in this issue:

  • Fuel imports, developed economies: unit value and volume indices; value — Importations de produits énergétiques, pays à économies développées: indices de volume et valeur
  • Indicators on fuel imports, developed economies — Indicateurs des importations de produits énergétiques, pays à économies développées
  • Registration of new motor vehicles — Immatriculations de véhicules automobiles neufs
  • External trade conversion factors — Facteurs de conversion pour le commerce extérieur
  • Manufactured goods exports: unit value indices, volume indices and value — Exportations des produits manufacturés: indices de valeur unitaire, indices de volume et valeur
  • Exports by commodity classes and by regions: developed economies — Exportations par classes de marchandises et par régions: pays à économies développées
  • Selected series of world statistics — Séries principales de statistiques mondiales.

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Discussion papers

12th Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects

The September 2009 issue highlights that the global economy shows tentative sign of recovery, but substantial risks and uncertainties remain. If employment growth and private investment demand do not pick up strongly before the effects of fiscal stimuli fade out, the world economy may face a double-dip recession.

Global trade activity could recede again as final consumer demand remains sluggish. Fiscal stimulus measures have been a major factor for the stabilization or expansion of aggregate demand across the globe, especially in a number of large developing countries. In addition, a major food crisis is imminent in East Africa.

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UN-DESA Policy Briefs

UN-DESA Policy Briefs feature synopses of key policy analysis intended to frame issues, inform decisions and guide policy action in the economic, social and environmental arena. The following new UN-DESA Policy Briefs are now available:

  • Technology Transfer and Climate Change: Beyond TRIPS
  • Multidimensional Climate Threats Require New Approaches and More Resources for Adaptation Challenge
  • Climate Justice: Sharing the Burden
  • Financing mitigation and adaptation by developing countries
  • Stronger industrial policies needed to face the climate and development challenges
  • Climate Change and the Energy Challenge

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Women, gender equality and climate changeWomen, gender equality and climate change

A new online feature on women, gender equality and climate change was launched by Women Watch, to coincide with the Summit on Climate Change on 22 September and to mark the Global Climate Week. The new feature showcases the work of the entire United Nations system on gender equality and climate change and provides comprehensive information for advocacy, research and programming for Governments, NGOs, United Nations entities, global and regional bodies, the academia, women’s groups and networks and interested individuals.

Illustrating the need for gender-sensitive responses to climate change, and for involving women as agents of change and decision-makers, the webpage offers a downloadable sheet with key facts, issues and recommendations. It also provides comprehensive information on all relevant global UN commitments, resolutions and other intergovernmental outcomes, United Nations publications, events, and other resources on United Nations websites.

The WomenWatch online feature was developed by DESA’s Division for the Advancement of Women in close collaboration with the UN Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) Task Force on Gender Equality and Climate Change, an initiative co-chaired by UNDP and UNESCO.

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