Technical reports

Pre-release of the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2014

The first chapter on global economic outlook of the WESP 2014 will be launched on 18 December at 11 am in New York. A joint product of UN DESA, UNCTAD and the five United Nations regional commissions, this publication provides an overview of recent global economic performance and short-term prospects for the world economy and of some key global economic policy and development issues. One of its purposes is to serve as a point of reference for discussions on economic, social and related issues taking place in various United Nations entities during the year.


Statistical compilations


Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online


stat1The 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. 10, October 2013

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes the quarterly and bimonthly tables: Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials; 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.


National Accounts Statistics: Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables, 2012, Parts I, II, III, IV and V, ST/ESA/STAT/SER.X/50

The first National Accounts yearbook appeared in 1958 and contained data for 70 countries and territories. The National Accounts Statistics: Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables, 2012 (MADT 2012) contains 2001-2012 data for 204 countries and territories. The estimates for each country or area are presented in separate chapters, containing statistics on national accounts aggregates and detailed variables such as gross domestic product, national income, saving, household and government consumption expenditure, gross capital formation, exports and imports, value added, compensation of employees, operating surplus, etc.

Data are reproduced as they are reported by the countries in their respective national currencies. The MADT dataset has been updated with 2012 data on the UNdata Portal at:


National Accounts Statistics: Analysis of Main Aggregates, 2012

The National Accounts Statistics: Analysis of Main Aggregates, 2012 contains in the form of analytical tables a summary of the principal national accounting aggregates based on official national accounts data for more than 200 countries and areas of the world for the years 1970 to 2012. It also contains a section on the estimation methods used for compiling the data. It is prepared by UN DESA’s Statistics Division with the generous co-operation of national statistical offices and serves as a valuable source of information on the economic situation of countries and areas. The publication will be available in December 2013.

The tables of the publication include analysis of data on gross domestic product (GDP) by different structural components. The types of analysis presented are classified into the four major categories listed below:

  • Analysis of the level of total and per capita GDP
  • Analysis of the percentage shares of GDP by type of expenditure and gross value added by kind of economic activity
  • Analysis of economic development expressed in term of real growth of GDP and its components by type of expenditure and gross value added by  kind of economic activity
  • Analysis of price development reflected by implicit price deflators of GDP

To download the time-series data:


The Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Special Issue on Household Characteristics

The Tabulations of the DYB Special issue on Household Characteristics has been published. The tabulations contain the available household characteristics data reported to DESA’s Statistics Division for the Population Censuses conducted worldwide during the 2000 and 2010 rounds of censuses. In particular, the datasets present information on: (i) population by type of living quarters, by relation to the reference person, by age and sex; (ii) on households by different characteristics such as age, sex and marital status of reference person, by size and by type of household.


The Demographic Yearbook 2012 (DYB 2012)

The DYB 2012 is the sixty-third issue in a series published by the United Nations since 1948. It contains tables on a wide range of demographic statistics, including a world summary of selected demographic statistics, statistics on the size, distribution and trends in national populations, fertility, foetal mortality, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality and divorce. Data are shown by urban/rural residence, as available. In addition, the volume provides Technical Notes, a synoptic table, a historical index and a listing of the issues of the Demographic Yearbook published to date. This issue of Demographic Yearbook contains data as available including the reference year 2012.


Outreach material


Sustainable Development in Action – Issue 10, Volume 1

Published by UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, the latest issue highlights among others, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. 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.

Youth Flash Newsletter

Published by UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development Focal Point on Youth, the October issue is available online with a feature article entitled “Youth partnerships and the United Nations: Reflections on the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development Open Meeting with Youth”. The newsletter is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies, and from youth organizations around the world.


The November issue published by UN DESA’s NGO Branch is available online and features among other things an article on how the UN is linking private, public partnerships to create climate change solutions. The newsletter provides 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.


Discussion papers


Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 60

Published by DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the November issue states that the global manufacturing production has improved, the economic recovery is strengthening in developed economies, and the public fiscal stimulus programmes have been a determinant factor in economic growth in many developing countries.