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. 3, March 2013

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes the quarterly and bimonthly tables: Earnings in non-agricultural activities, by sex; Fuel imports, developed economies: unit value and volume indices; value; Indicators on fuel imports, developed economies; External trade conversion factors; Manufactured goods exports: unit value indices, volume indices and value; Selected series of world statistics.

For more information:
Online Monthly Bulletin of Statistics

Outreach material



The April issue is now available online and features news on the General Assembly’s efforts to boost interaction between UN and G20, the second session of Open Working Group on SDGs and the UNAOC and UNESCO campaign “Do One Thing to Support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion”. The 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.

Read full issue: DESA NGO News

Sustainable Development in Action – Issue 4, Volume 1

The launch of a sustainable transport action network and bridging knowledge and capacity gaps for sustainability transition – these are some of the topics addressed in the latest issue now available on the Sustainable Development website. Published by DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, 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

April issue is now available featuring an article on “United Nations System-wide Action Plan on Youth”. 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

Enable Newsletter

Prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, the March issue is now available highlighting the upcoming 6th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP6) to be held from 17 to 19 July 2013. The newsletter features input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and civil society.

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United Nations ENABLE

Discussion papers


Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 53

Published by DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the April issue sheds light on the renewed concerns about banking fragility in the euro area as well as the increase of capital inflows into emerging markets. The Briefing also highlights the new monetary stance disclosed by the Bank of Japan and the strengthening of the US housing market.

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 53

Meeting records


Advanced unedited version of the Report on the 15th session of the Committee for Development Policy

The report on the 15th session of the Committee for Development Policy, which was held from 18 to 22 March 2013 in New York, includes main findings and recommendations of the Committee on the following themes: the role of science, technology and innovation for achieving sustainable development (the theme of 2013 AMR); addressing the vulnerabilities and development needs of SIDS; emerging issues in international development in post-2015 era; issues related to the least developed countries, including proposed guidelines on new reporting requirements for graduating and graduated LDCs.

For more information:
Advanced unedited version of the Report on the 15th session of the Committee for Development Policy

Committee for Development Policy Background Paper No. 16, Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development

The CDP Background Paper argues that science, technology and innovation (STI) play a critical role in expediting transition to a sustainable mode of development. Latecomer nations suffer from several disadvantages as they attempt to catch-up with the technological leaders, but they can enjoy latecomer advantages, if appropriate strategies are formulated and executed.

One of the key concepts is leapfrogging, whereby the latecomers absorb what the technological leaders have to offer and leap to a new environment-friendly techno-economic paradigm. To facilitate such a leap, the current intellectual-property-rights regimes need to evolve to one that fosters technology diffusion and greater use of intellectual property.

For more information:
Background Paper No. 16, Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development