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The Population, Resources, Environment and Development Databank (PRED Bank) is available on CD-ROM.  The PRED Bank brings together data series dealing with various aspects of population, labour force, education, economic and social development, land, water and energy use.  It also provides the texts of selected international treaties and conventions related to major environment and development issues.

A companion publication, National Trends in Population, Resources, Environment and Development 2005: Country Profiles, is available upon written request to the Director, Population Division/DESA, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA. The profiles are also available online: click here.

The 140 variables on the CD-ROM include regional, sub-regional and national data, over time, for 228 countries and regions.  Population data are those of the United Nations Population Division. Other data were provided by various United Nations agencies and programmes as well as other research centres and non-governmental organisations.

The data and documents provided can be exported for further analysis.  A user’s guide provides a detailed review of the features of the interface and explains how to access and export information.

Computer requirements for the PRED Bank are a PC with operating system Windows 95 or higher, Windows® Internet Explorer Version 4.0 or higher and 45 MB hard disk space.

The PRED Bank CD-ROM is available for sale for US$ 75. The CD-ROM can be purchased by filling out the order form and sending it, along with a cheque or international money order in US dollars drawn on a United States bank, payable to the United Nations Population Division.

However, the United Nations Population Division, as part of its technical cooperation programme, would be able to provide one copy of the CD-ROM free of charge to interested institutions in developing countries, upon request on the institution's letterhead paper.

Correspondence should be addressed to Ms. Hania Zlotnik, Director, Population Division, Room DC2-1950, United Nations, New York, New York 10017, USA, or faxed to +1-212-963-2147.


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