Technical reports

The World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics

coverWW20151The report was launched on 20 October 2015, on the occasion of the 2nd World Statistics Day. It presents statistics and analysis on the status of women and men in the world, highlighting the current situation and changes over time. The report is the sixth in the series which has been published every five years by UN DESA’s Statistics Division, as called for in the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.

As in the past editions, the presentation is made in a format and language that non-specialists can readily understand.

The World’s Women 2015 highlights that progress towards the goal of gender equality has been made in the last two decades in most areas of concern, although at low and uneven pace.

Through a life cycle approach, the publication reveals the challenges and specific needs experienced by women during their different stages of life. The different trajectories of women and men–from childhood through the working and reproductive stage to older age–are highlighted in the analysis undertaken in eight chapters of the report, each representing a broad area of concern: population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty.

A wide selection of statistics and indicators covered in the publication are presented in its Statistical Annex, available online here.


Statistical compilations


Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

statThe 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. 9 September 2015

In addition to the regular recurrent monthly tables, this issue includes quarterly and annual tables: 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; Exports by commodity classes and by regions: developed economies and Selected series of world statistics.

Energy Statistics Yearbook, 2012

stat2This yearbook is the fifty-sixth issue in a series of annual compilations of internationally comparable statistics summarizing world energy trends, which commenced under the title World Energy Supplies in Selected Years, 1929-1950. Annual data for 235 countries and areas for the period 2009 to 2012 are presented on production, trade and consumption of energy for solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels, electricity, and heat.

Per capita consumption series are also provided for all energy products. Graphs are included to illustrate historic trends and/or changes in composition of production and/or consumption of major energy products. Special tables of interest include: international trade tables for coal, crude petroleum and natural gas by partner countries; selected series of statistics on renewables and wastes; refinery distillation capacity; and a table on selected energy resources.


Meeting records


Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development

Untitled-8The report has been prepared by UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the partners of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative.

The report was presented on the occasion of the event “From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action”, held on 14 October 2015 at UNESCO headquarters, organized by the partners of the HESI initiative in close collaboration with the Kedge Business School, itself a signatory of the HESI initiative, as contribution to the XXI Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21), to be held in Paris in December 2015.


Working papers


How well are the links between education and other sustainable development goals covered in UN flagship reports? A contribution to the study of the science-policy interface on education in the UN system

In 2015, a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will succeed the Millennium Development Goals as reference goals for international development for the period 2015-2030. Education was identified as a standalone goal (SDG4). Epistemic communities have documented a number of links between education and other SDG areas, and policy makers have long recognized many of them. Based on an exhaustive content analysis of 40 global reports, this paper examines how well such links are represented in flagship publications of the United Nations system.


Outreach material


Enable Newsletter

Untitled-5Prepared 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 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.

At the end of last month, the UN Enable newsletter was released for September 2015 and has been translated into Arabic, Russian and Spanish, as well as Hebrew, Indonesian, Korean, Amharic and Oromo (Ethiopian), Swedish and Uzbek.

SD in Action Newsletter – October 2015

The latest edition features a range of articles including “From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action”; “Enhancing food security, health and well-being in Small Island Developing States”; “Share your views on the Partnerships for SDGs platform”; “17 Sustainable Development Goals 17 Partnerships”; and a “Questionnaire on 2030 Agenda follow-up and review”. Published by UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, 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.

Youth Flash Newsletter

The October issue is now available online with a feature article by Orla Murphy, an Irish Youth Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly for 2015, “Behind the Flags: My Experience at the United Nations”. The newsletter is a service of UN DESA’s 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 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. 83

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

– Global trade flows drops in value terms amid persistently weak commodity prices and stronger US dollarƒ
– Budget cuts and increasing fiscal strains in many commodity-exporting developing countries