Technical reports

MDG Gap Task Force Report 2011:
The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver


mdgThe report to be launched the third week of September monitors the progress made in achieving the targets of MDG 8. Continued attention is given to the impact of the global crisis on meeting the targets set under MDG 8 and embedding any new commitments resulting from the High-level Plenary Meeting of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly on the MDGs into the monitoring process.
Policy coherence is a central theme of the 2011 issue of the report, paying attention not only to issues of consistency across the various dimensions of global partnerships, but also to the extent that those alliances are aligned behind national development strategies for attaining the MDGs. The adequacy of international support measures, especially for least developed countries particularly regarding trade preferences and debt relief, are also analyzed. With less than four years left until the 2015 MDG deadline, the 2011 report provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address the remaining implementation gaps.

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Private Sector Toolkit for Working with Youth


toolkitThis technical paper has been produced by the United Nations Programme on Youth in the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the NGO Restless Development, in the context of the International Year of Youth.

The purpose of this document is to explore cooperation between youth and the private sector, both in principle and in practice, in order to:

  • Highlight the role of youth as social actors, and increase general understanding of young people’s great potential as development partners;
  • Inspire the private sector to partner with youth by showcasing several case studies and demonstrating the economic advantage of investing in youth, in contrast to the cost of underinvestment; and
  • Provide initial guidance on facilitating private sector engagement with young people, and the formation of meaningful partnerships, to better influence development processes worldwide.


The toolkit for working with youth is part of a series of technical papers aimed both at strengthening youth participation at all levels through cooperation among various stakeholders, as well as at highlighting the role of youth as agents of development. Building on youth participation in development, which provides guidance to development agencies and policymakers, and the activities kit, which provides guidance to young people on celebrating the International Year of Youth, this technical paper is a tool geared towards enhancing partnership between youth and the private sector.

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Statistical compilations


Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online


mbsThe Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or annual and quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international merchandise trade and finance.

Vol. LXV – No. 7, July 2011

This month, the following tables, which are featured in the MBS on a quarterly or bimonthly basis, are presented along with the regular recurrent monthly tables: Civil aviation traffic: passenger km and cargo net ton km; Total exports and imports by countries or areas: volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars; World exports by provenance and destination.

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Statistical Yearbook, Fifty-fourth issue


yearbookThe Statistical Yearbook is an annual compilation of a wide range of international economic, social and environmental statistics on over 200 countries and areas, compiled from sources including UN agencies and other international, national and specialized organizations.

The 54th edition contains data available to the Statistics Division as of 31 December 2010 and presents them in 70 tables on topics such as: agriculture, forestry and fishing; communication; development assistance; education; energy; environment; finance; gender; international merchandise trade; international tourism; labour force; manufacturing; national accounts; population; prices; science and technology; and transport. The number of years of data shown in the tables varies from one to ten, with most tables covering the period up to 2008 or 2009. Accompanying the tables are technical notes providing brief descriptions of major statistical concepts, definitions and classifications.

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The World Statistics Pocketbook 2010


The World Statistics Pocketbook 2010 is the thirtieth in a series of annual compilations of key statistical indicators prepared by United Nations Statistics Division of UN DESA. Over 50 indicators have been collected from more than 20 international statistical sources and are presented in one-page profiles for 216 countries or areas of the world.

This issue covers various years from 2000 to 2010. For the economic indicators, in general, three years – 2000, 2005 and 2009 – are shown; for the indicators in the social and environmental categories, data for one year are presented. The topics covered include: agriculture, balance of payments, education, energy, environment, food, gender, health, industrial production, information and communication, international finance, international tourism, international trade, labour, migration, national accounts, population and prices.

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Meeting records

Report of the Secretary-General on International financial system and development (A/66/167)

The report reviews recent trends in international official and private capital flows of developing countries and current efforts to reform the international monetary and financial system and architecture. The report highlights the urgent challenges arising from the world financial and economic crisis and its aftermath, in particular in the key areas of financial regulation and supervision, multilateral surveillance, macroeconomic policy coordination, sovereign debt, global financial safety net, international reserve system and governance reform of the Bretton Woods institutions.

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Outreach material

Rio+20: Making it Happen

The latest issue highlights the General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Youth, which took place on 25-26 July in New York, including the Secretary-General’s call to Member States to include youth in national delegations to UN meetings, including Rio+20. Besides upcoming events, this issue also announced a pre-launch seminar on 25-25 August for the newly established UN Office for Sustainable Development in Incheon, Korea and the Delhi Dialogue on “Green Economy and Inclusive Growth” taking place on 3-4 October.

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Natural Resource Forum publishes special issue on “green economy”

Natural Resources Forum, a UN Sustainable Development Journal, has issued a special issue on green economy and sustainable development which is available on-line. Articles cover social transformation; technological change for clean energy scenarios; shaping agricultural innovation systems; biofuels governance; public-private partnerships; green funds; and policy challenges.

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Regional Voices

The first edition of the newsletter “Regional Voices”, published by the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat, follows the First Summit on Tropical Forest Ecosystems of Amazonia, the Congo Basins and South East Asia, which took place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo and the Forest Europe Ministerial conference in Oslo, Norway. The newsletter is also available in French and Spanish.

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United Nations Youth Flash

The July issue is now available. The newsletter is a service of the UN Programme on Youth to keep the public informed about the work of the UN on youth issues. It is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and from youth organisations around the world.

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United Nations Enable Newsletter

The July issue is now available online. ENABLE Newsletter is prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and civil society.

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The latest edition is now available. The newsletter, which is a monthly service of the DESA NGO Branch of the United Nations, includes a brief summary of news and upcoming intergovernmental meetings of interest to NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status.

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Discussion papers

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects

The August issue of the Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects highlights that economic growth is decelerating markedly in many world regions. Equity markets have tumbled and exchange rate volatility has sharply increased as sovereign debt problems in developed economies continue. Food emergencies are affecting millions of people in the Horn of Africa and Haiti

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