About Us

The Economic Analysis and Policy Division (EAPD)* provides research and policy analysis on global macroeconomic trends and prospects, frontier issues, emerging issues, and issues associated with countries in special situations, in the broad context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  EAPD also serves as the Secretariat to the Committee for Development Policy, an independent advisory body to the Economic and Social Council which provides recommendations on cross-cutting development issues and reviews the status of countries in the Least Developed Country category.  EAPD manages capacity development projects in developing countries, providing assistance through research, training and workshops.

Main activities include:

  • Provide analysis and policy research on global macroeconomic issues and trends and their implications for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Analyse frontier issues, emerging issues, and economic issues associated with countries in conflict and countries in special situations, in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Serve as Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy.
  • Provide capacity development assistance to developing countries.

Organisation

Office of the Director

The Office of the Director (OD) coordinates the main activities of the Division. The OD manages the Division’s human resource and programme management and coordinates the production and distribution of the Division’s official documents, publications and research papers. The OD oversees the Division’s multi-media outreach.

Development Policy Branch

The Development Policy Branch (DPB) is responsible for managing all capacity development activities of the Division, providing assistance through research, training and workshops. DPB focuses on (1) providing development-oriented policy advice based on the use of quantitative modelling tools with respect to the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development; (2) strengthening analytical capacity of developing countries in achieving greater policy design, implementation, and coherence; and (3) improving capacities of least developed countries (LDCs) to prepare for graduation from the LDC category. The Branch serves as the Secretariat for the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) and is responsible for the organizational and substantive support to CDP.

Development Research Branch

The Development Research Branch (DRB) identifies and leads research on frontier and emerging issues, as well as other economic challenges for countries in conflict and countries in special situations. DRB produces policy-oriented research papers and hosts briefings and seminars responsive to the needs of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Member States. DRB contributes to the publication of the Report on the World Social Situation (RWSS), in collaboration with the Division for Social Inclusion and Development and other United Nations agencies, covering selected long-term development issues and policies, particularly those which cross-cut the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. DRB coordinated the production of the World Economic and Social Survey, published annually by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs from 1948 to 2018.

Global Economic Monitoring Branch

The Global Economic Monitoring Branch (GEM) monitors and analyses global economic trends and prospects and their implications for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Using its World Economic Forecasting Model, GEM produces globally consistent economic forecasts for a large number of developed, emerging and developing economies. GEM leads the production and dissemination of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) – the definitive report of the United Nations system on the state of the global economy – in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the five United Nations Regional Commissions and the United Nations World Tourism Organization. GEM collaborates with Project LINK – a non-governmental international consortium consisting of econometric modelling experts from individual countries and international organizations that is coordinated jointly by EAPD and the University of Toronto – to exchange views on the world economic outlook and gather bottom-up inputs for its macroeconomic forecasts. GEM also provides policy advice and capacity development support to developing countries on macroeconomic modelling and policy options, emphasizing the need for stronger linkages between short-term macroeconomic and long-term development policies.

Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy

The Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) provides substantive and administrative assistance to the Committee, a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). CDP provides inputs and independent advice to ECOSOC on emerging cross-sectoral development issues and on international cooperation for development, focusing on medium- and long-term aspects.  While servicing meetings of the CDP, the Secretariat formulates and implements its own substantive work programme, including quantitative and qualitative analyses, particularly relating to the 2030 Development Agenda and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The Secretariat prepares reports to the ECOSOC, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate, including on the identification and graduation of least developed countries; unilateral coercive measures; and third States affected by United Nations sanctions.

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