Technical reports

WPP2015_cover copyWorld Population Prospects: 2015 Revision

Published by UN DESA’s Population Division, the 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects reveals that the global population is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. This latest revision represents the twenty-fourth round of official United Nations population estimates and projections. Its main results are presented in a series of Excel files displaying key demographic indicators for each development group, income group, major area, region and country for selected periods or dates within 1950-2100.

This comprehensive review of worldwide demographic trends and future prospects is essential for assessing the degree of progress made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to guide policies aimed at achieving the new post-2015 development agenda, which Member States will adopt this September.


Statistical compilations

statMonthly 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. LXIX – No. 6 June 2015

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


Outreach material

imagemain400_18552015 Special Edition of the SD in Action Report – Special Report on Voluntary Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships and Commitments for Sustainable Development:

This 2015 edition of the SD in Action Report reviews a numbers of action networks and multi-stakeholder partnerships with a particular focus on how knowledge and expertise is aggregated, managed and ultimately shared, in order to identify trends and challenges in this area, and to inform and prepare all stakeholders and partners as the world transitions into the post-2015 development era.

The online newsletter is published by UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development and it 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.

Youth Flash Newsletter

The July issue is now available online featuring an article on “Uniting Youth for Climate Change” by Yugratna Srivastava, an undergraduate student of Electronics and Communications Engineering at the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Allahabad. The newsletter is a service of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) Focal Point on Youth to help keep the public informed about the work of the UN on youth issues. It is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and from youth organizations all over the world.


Published by UN DESA’s NGO Branch, the latest issue is available online providing stories including on the General Assembly’s preparatory process for the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and the NGO Committee’s adoption of the report of its 2015 Resumed session. 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. 80

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

– Greek voters reject bailout proposal?
– Several new EU members and South-Eastern European nations face risks of spillover effects from the Greek debt crisis?
– India and other South Asian economies register strong economic growth


Working papers

Will Inequality Lead China to the Middle Income Trap?

China has departed from the East Asian model of development by letting inequality rise to a high level, which is contributing to China’s current problems of macroeconomic imbalance, declining efficiency of capital, and rising social tensions. If inequality persists, China may get caught in the “inequality-trap,” which may then lead it to the “middle income trap (MIT).” Fortunately, China still has the levers to pull to reduce inequality and avoid MIT. Measures along both the “wage route” and the “redistributive route” can be adopted for this purpose. In addition, China may pursue the “cooperative route” to more equitable distribution.


Background papers

Committee for Development Policy (CDP) Background paper on Managing Labour Mobility: A Missing Pillar of Global Governance

The increasing problems associated with international migration call for nations to manage migratory flows in a more realistic way both at national and international levels. However, global initiatives undertaken to date in this field have seen very limited success. This paper adopts a political economy approach for identifying the interests of affected social groups with a view towards building feasible policy responses. A dual proposal for global governance of migration is suggested, based on a combination between the establishment of universal minimum standards and the promotion of bilateral and regional interaction driven by problem-solving goals.