Technical reports

Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012

On 17 January, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012 (WESP) will be launched in multi-city locations around the world. The first chapter of the report on the “Global economic outlook”, pre-released on 1 December 2011, reveals that persistent high unemployment, the euro area debt crisis and premature fiscal austerity have already slowed global growth and factor into the possibility of a new recession.

The forecast has been significantly downgraded compared to six months ago and predicts that, at best, the global economy will “muddle through” with the growth of world gross product (WGP) reaching 2.6 per cent in the baseline outlook for 2012 and 3.2 per cent for 2013, down from 4.0 per cent in 2010. 2012 is projected to be a make-or-break year in terms of proceeding with slow economic recovery or falling back into recession.

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Statistical compilations

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

The 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. 11, November 2011

This month, the following tables, which are featured in the MBS on a quarterly or annual basis, are presented along with the regular recurrent monthly tables: Earnings in manufacturing, by sex; Total exports and imports by regions: volume and unit value indices and terms of trade; World exports by commodity classes and by regions.

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Meeting records

Newsletter on the Fifth High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, which took place on 7-8 December in New York, and published by FfDO/DESA, is now available. The two-day event included a series of plenary meetings chaired by the Acting President of the General Assembly, at which ministers and high-level officials were able to make formal statements.

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Outreach material

Rio+20: Making it Happen

As disasters threaten lives and development efforts, the latest issue of Rio+20: Making it Happen focuses on disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, one of the seven priority issues that the Conference will address. It also highlights the Fifth Meeting of the Secretary-General’s High-level Global Sustainability Panel and a Workshop on Partnerships for Rio+20, both held in New York. The newsletter also announces the publishing of “Issues Briefs” on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building” and “Regional, National and Local Levels of Sustainable Development.”

United Nations Youth Flash

The November issue is now available featuring the story “The Time of Now” by Benson Saulo, an Australian Youth Delegate. 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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The newsletter, which is a monthly service of the DESA NGO Branch of the UN, includes a brief summary of news and upcoming intergovernmental meetings of interest to NGOs. The latest issue highlights that preregistration and accreditation to the Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, is now open. It also provides details on the procedures for ECOSOC NGOs requesting annual UN ground passes. Other news featured include on the UN’s first report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and on the discussions that have begun on the Rio+20 outcome.

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