DESA Divisions

Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality

Opening remarks by  Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General

The Office provides substantive support to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the General Assembly, including follow-up to major UN conferences and summits. It assists ECOSOC in the implementation and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, by fostering debate and innovative thinking, promoting consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to…

Division for Sustainable Development

A family using solar energy in generating power in Tarialan soum, Uvs Aimag (Uvs Province).

In remote soums many people live without electricity due to remoteness, vast distances and scattered nomadic way of life.

These photographs depict the families working in the sea buckthorn field and shows their living conditions in a ger (Mongolian traditional tent).

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) seeks to provide leadership and catalyse action in promoting and coordinating implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among other mandates, it hosts the secretariat for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform within the United Nations system for…

Population Division

Women sitting in a local hospital in  Boma, during an assessment visit with UNMISS team. Photos by UNMISS Martine Perret. 27 March 2013

The Division was established in the earlier years of the United Nations to serve as the Secretariat of the then Population Commission, created in 1946. Over the years, it has played an active role in the intergovernmental dialogue on population and development, producing constantly updated demographic estimates and projections for all countries, including data essential…

Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Voters turn out in Dili to cast their vote for the parliamentary elections in the morning. Photo by UNMIT/Martine Perret. 7 July 2012

The Division focuses on the role, functioning and capacities of public institutions in relation to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Its work addresses critical issues related to public administration, public services and institutional architecture and capacities. It looks at how to advance public sector reform and improve service delivery, including for…

Financing for Development Office


The Office provides secretariat support for follow-up to the agreements and commitments contained in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which builds on the Monterrey Consensus and the Doha Declaration on Financing for Development, and the delivery of the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  In this connection, the Office leads the…

Division for Social Policy and Development

Eco-club students raise awareness on nature conservation among local community through advocacy and communication training, handcraft making from local raw materials.

Altai Sayan UNDP project aims at conserving and sustaining globally significant biodiversity in Mongolia’s Altai Sayan eco-region through new income generation practices.

Shots of a family with a potato garden in their yard in Tarialan soum.

These photographs depict the families working in the sea buckthorn field and shows their living conditions in a ger (Mongolian traditional tent).

The Division seeks to strengthen international cooperation for social development, particularly in the areas of poverty eradication, productive employment and decent work and the social inclusion of older persons, youth, family, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, persons marginalized from society and development. The main objective of the Division is to strengthen international cooperation for social…

Statistics Division


The Division is a global centre for data on all subject matters, bringing to the world statistical information compiled by the entire UN system. It is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system, by compiling and disseminating global statistical information, developing standards and norms for statistical activities, and supporting countries’ efforts to strengthen…

Development Policy and Analysis Division

14 June 2010-Dhaka, Bangladesh-City view of Dhaka: The Asia-Pacific region is urbanizing rapidly. While for the world as a whole the urban population growth rate is 2.0%, in Asia and the Pacific it is 2.3%. By 2008, almost 43% (1.77 billion) of the region’s population lived in urban areas. (UNESCAP 2009) Photo Credit:Kibae Park/Sipa Press

The Division is the think-tank for development economics within UN DESA and the main development research unit within the United Nations. It contributes to strengthening the role of international cooperation in the economic and social development of all countries and to fostering countries’ effective integration into the world economy in the context of the UN…

United Nations Forum on Forests

8 July, 2011- Bosung, South Korea- Forest cover 31% of total land area. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Photo Credit: Kibae Park/UN Photo

The Secretariat is the UN DESA focal point on all forest policy and forest-based sustainable development issues. It promotes sustainable forest management based on the 2030 Agenda, the Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration, Forest Principles, Global Objectives on Forests, and the UN Forest Instrument. It provides substantive support to the annual sessions of the Forum,…

Capacity Development Office

Launch of the Integrated Crisis Prevention and Recovery Programme

UNDP launched its pilot projects at UN House POC 1 within the Integrated Crisis Prevention and Recovery Programme "Strengthening National Capacities for Early Recovery, Peace Building, and Reconciliation".  The programme aims at creating enabling conditions for the return and re-integration of internally displaced persons.

The Recovery Programme has three pillars: 
a. Promoting peace building and conflict prevention to facilitate reconciliation and conflict prevention.
b. Deepening democracy to support the consolidation of a political settlement within the framework of constitutionalism, credible transitional justice processes, and promotion of the rule of law.
c. Laying the foundations of early recovery efforts on economic revitalization, livelihoods, and employment generation with a focus on stabilization and medium to long-term recovery.

Activities that will be conducted at UN House POC 1 include peace building and social cohesion; community policing; and skills development trainings for sustainable livelihoods.

The Office provides strategic support to the effective translation of the outcomes of intergovernmental processes in the areas of economic, social and environmental development, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, into the Department’s operational programmes and capacity development work. It assists the Department in delivering integrated policy advisory services and other forms of capacity…

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