Technical reports

Launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015

wesp2015The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) will be launched in multi-city locations around the world in mid-January. The first chapter of the report on the “Global economic outlook”, pre-released on 10 December 2014, reveals that the global economy is expected to grow 3.1 per cent in 2015 and 3.3 per cent in 2016, compared with an estimated growth of 2.6 per cent for 2014.

WESP is produced at the beginning of each year by UN DESA, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the five UN regional commissions and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).



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. LXVIII – No. 11, November 2014

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes quarterly and annual tables: Earnings in manufacturing, by sex; Total exports and imports by regions: quantum and unit value indices and terms of trade in US dollars; World exports by commodity classes and by regions.


Outreach material


Sustainable Development in Action, Volume 2, Issue 11

The December issue of Sustainable Development in Action, published by UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, is available online. The newsletter aims to feature the work carried out by Member States, United Nations system, Major Groups and other relevant stakeholders in implementing sustainable development and leading the way to the Future We Want.


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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, the November issue is now available, putting a spotlight on a draft resolution on disability by the General Assembly’s Third Committee; a call for a new International Albinism Awareness Day on 13 June; and on disability inclusion in post-2015 disaster risk reduction strategies. The newsletter features input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and civil society.


Youth Flash Newsletter

Published by UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development Focal Point on Youth, the November issue highlights the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. It also provides updates from UN Agencies including from ILO, sharing what employment services work for youth and why and  from IOM  and UNAOC regarding their PLURAL+ Youth Video Competition. The newsletter is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies, and from youth organizations around the world.



The latest issue shares information on the “Working with ECOSOC” booklet which is now available in French, that pre-registration for CSW59 is now open and that the deadline for requests to make oral statements at the Fifty-Third Session of the Commission for Social Development is approaching. 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, the newsletter is published by UN DESA’s NGO Branch.


Natural Resources Forum

The November edition of Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, is available online including the following articles:

– Market-Based Conservation: Aligning Static Theory with Dynamic Systems;
– Has the Clean Development Mechanism Assisted Sustainable Development?;
– The relationship between sustainable development and resource use from a geographic perspective;
– The paradox of the modernisation of urban water systems in Europe: Intrinsic institutional limits for sustainability;
– Economics of Salt-induced Land Degradation and Restoration;
– Local people’s perceptions for participating in conservation in a heritage site: A case study of Wuyishan Scenery District, Southeastern China.


Discussion papers


Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 73

Prepared by UN DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the December issue is available online with the following summary:

– Further appreciation of the U.S. dollar

– Japan registers technical recession during the third quarter

– Lower inflation rates in many countries across the world as oil prices decline