To help Member States prepare for the decisions they will be
called upon to make at the Summit, several key reports have been
updated recently, including:
Development Report: UNDP focused on international cooperation
and the effects of aid, trade and security in an unequal world.
the Millennium Development Goals: WHO issued its first assessment
of progress towards the health goals, targets and indicators.
on the World Social Situation: The UN’s Department of
Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) focuses on inequality in its
report, a pervasive problem that threatens to hobble broad progress
on the MDGs. Also, World
Population Monitoring 2005: Population Challenges and Development
Goals: DESA examines how the population program of action
aims to help fulfill the MDGs.
of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty:
UNIFEM’s flagship publication makes the case for more focus
on women’s informal employment as a key way to reduce poverty
and strengthening women’s economic security.
and Development Report 2005: UNCTAD’s annual report
examines the implications of China and India’s rapid growth
for the world economy – especially its effects in developing
Future Within Reach: ESCAP, UNDP and ADB examined ways of
reshaping institutions in Asia and the Pacific, where vast disparities
challenge countries’ abilities to meet the MDGs.
Urban Shelter: Global Report on Human Settlements 2005: UN-HABITAT
presents the first global assessment of housing finance systems
in an annual report that is considered to be the most authoritative
and up-to-date assessment on conditions and trends in the world's
UNusual: Facilitating UN Reform Through Partnerships: The
Global Compact report examining recent partnerships with business
is available September 13. Also: Towards
Responsible Lobbying: ways companies can align their lobbying
practices with development objectives.
The International Finance Corporation reports on business and
development. Available September 14.
Financial Stability Report: the IMF’s annual report
on available September 15. Also mid-September, it issues its Annual
Report, and its World Economic Outlook.