Technical reports

Towards a renewed global partnership for development

Towards a renewed global partnership for developmentIn March, the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda will publish its second report with recommendations on a global partnership for development in the post-2015 era. The report assesses MDG8 and provides an overview of lessons learnt, including the Monterrey Consensus. It reviews new challenges and trends in the international development landscape and suggests possible contours, alternative formats and a robust accountability mechanism for a renewed global partnership.

Titled “Towards a renewed global partnership for development”, the report will be available on the UN System Task Team Website. Established by the Secretary-General in January 2012, the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda assembles more than 60 UN agencies and international organizations under its umbrella to provide analytical inputs to the post-2015 process. It is co-chaired by UN DESA and UNDP.

For more information:
UN System Task Team

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 bimonthly, quarterly and annual 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. LXVII – No. 1, January 2013

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes the quarterly table: Total exports and imports by countries or areas: volume, unit value, terms of trade and purchasing power of exports, in US dollars.

For more information:
Monthly Bulletin of Statistics

Outreach material



The February issue features among other things the Google+ Hangout on sustainable development, the Committee on NGOs and the e-discussion on Building the future we want with science, technology and innovation (STI) and culture. The online monthly newsletter is published by DESA’s NGO Branch, providing the most up-to-date information on news and upcoming events of interest to civil society at UN headquarters in New York, Geneva and elsewhere.

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Sustainable Development in Action – Issue 2, Volume 1 

The latest issue is now available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform website. The newsletter aims to highlight the work carried out by Member States, the UN, Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders in implementing sustainable development and leading the way to the Future We Want.

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Sustainable Development in Action Newsletter

Youth Flash Newsletter

The February issue features an article on “Tracking the Promises on Youth Participation: UN High Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda”. The newsletter is published by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development Focal Point 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, and from youth organizations around the world. 

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Youth Flash Newsletter

Booklet on “Empowerment: What does it mean to you?”

Empowerment: What does it mean to you?Published by DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, the booklet represents a collaborative effort, made possible by the answers received from people all over the world on the Empowerment theme.

A great number of young individuals, persons with disabilities, older persons, and people working for various institutions and organizations committed to social development issues, provided input. Their keen interest on empowerment was a testament to the constantly growing importance this topic has in society.

Download: Empowerment: What does it mean to you?

Discussion papers


Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 51 

Published by DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the February issue states that a number of new policy initiatives adopted by major economies have measurably improved the situation in global financial markets. The report also highlights the increased depreciation of the yen against other major currencies, due to the new monetary policy stance in Japan.

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 51



Launch of website for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference

A new website has been launched for the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), following up to Rio+20 Conference in June last year. The website contains a wealth of information on the upcoming event to be held in 2014 in Apia, Samoa.

To browse:
2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) website