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.

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