Technical reports


mdggap2015_cover_lMDG Gap Task Force Report 2015: Taking Stock of the Global Partnership for Development

The 2015 Report continues to monitor the five core domains of the Global Partnership for Development, namely, official development assistance (ODA), market access (trade), debt sustainability, access to affordable essential medicines and access to new technologies, as prescribed by MDG 8. This year marks the last of the series of this monitoring process with a closing report tracking 15 years of the global partnership for development.

As has been reported throughout the monitoring process, there have been significant positive developments pointing to an effective international partnership in the five domains, but several deficits in development cooperation have continuously highlighted the need for a rejuvenation of the global partnership for development.

The full 2015 report will be launched in New York mid-September 2015 while the Executive Summary has been released for presentation at a side-event to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development on 14 July 2015,  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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. 7 July 2015

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes quarterly and annual tables: 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; World exports by provenance and destination.


Outreach material


Enable Newsletter

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, June-July issue is now available. The newsletter provides news from UN Headquarters and UN agencies and other news of relevance for the work to advance the rights of persons with disabilities.


Published by UN DESA’s NGO Branch, the latest issue is available online 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.


Discussion papers

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects No. 81

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

– Decline in capital inflows to emerging markets accelerates ?
– Sluggish investment in developed economies threatens future growth ?
– Greece and its creditors agree on conditions for new bailout programme?
– Chinese stock markets remain volatile in July


Background papers

Supporting LDCs ? Transformation: How can ODA Contribute to the Istanbul Programme of Action in the Post-2015 Era?

Many intergovernmental processes, including the Istanbul Programme of Action, the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, call for a significant increase in ODA toward LDCs. However, even if the commitments were fulfilled, their effectiveness could be minimal if no significant changes are made in the way in which donors allocate and provide ODA. LDCs are among countries with higher levels of aid-dependency, proliferation of donors and aid fragmentation.  The purpose of this paper is to discuss the role that ODA can play in the development process of LDCs and the way in which aid should be allocated among countries.