Technical reports

World Economic Situation and Prospects: Mid-2015 

publication_pageWorld Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2015 launched on 19 May reveals that the growth trajectory will be 2.8 per cent in 2015 and 3.1 per cent in 2016, slightly lower than previously forecast in January. The downward revision reflects mainly deterioration in the prospects of the economies in transition and several large developing countries, especially in South America. In 2016, global growth is forecast to improve to 3.1 per cent, which is still well below the pre-crisis pace.

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Statistical compilations


Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

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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.

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes quarterly 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.

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National Accounts Statistics: Analysis of Main Aggregates, 2013

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The National Accounts Statistics: Analysis of Main Aggregates, 2013 is the forty-third issue of this publication which comprises 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, covering 1970-2013. It also contains a section on the estimation methods used for compiling data. It is prepared by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations in cooperation with national statistical offices.

Tables include analysis of data on gross domestic product (GDP) by different structural components. They are classified into: 1) analysis of the level of total and per capita GDP; 2) analysis of the percentage shares of GDP by type of expenditure and gross value added by kind of economic activity; 3) analysis of economic development expressed in terms of real growth of GDP and its components by type of expenditure and gross value added by kind of economic activity, and 4) analysis of price development reflected by implicit price deflators of GDP.

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Outreach material


Sustainable Development in Action, Volume 3, Issue 4

The May issue published by UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) 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. The current edition features the Draft Recommendations for a Small Island Developing States Partnership Framework, a UN radio interview with Nikhil Chandavarkar, Chief of the Outreach and Communications Branch in DSD on the occasion of International Mother Earth Day and an account of the General Assembly’s interactive dialogue on ‘Harmony with Nature: Towards achieving sustainable development goals including addressing climate change in the post-2015 development agenda.’


New FFD3 blog series launched

FFD3_blog_launchThe new blog is featured on the website of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to highlight and bring together a variety of perspectives and recommendations on all issues on the agenda for the Conference. The first posts presents contributions by Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Program Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University; Jeffrey D. Sachs, Guido Schmidt-Traub, and Aniket Shah, Sustainable Development Solutions Network; and Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.