Working Papers

The DESA Working Papers are preliminary documents circulated in a limited number of copies and posted on this website, to stimulate discussion and critical comment on the broad range of economic, social and environmental issues associated with the United Nations Development Agenda.

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Humanitarian SDGs: Interlinking the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Agenda for Humanity
by Peride K. Blind
May 2019ST/ESA/2019/DWP/160
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
Art is long, life is short: An SDG Classification System for DESA Publications
by Marcelo T. LaFleur
May 2019ST/ESA/2019/DWP/159
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Key Issue: Sustainable Development
Lessons for Today from Past Periods of Rapid Technological Change
by Chris Vickers and Nicolas L. Ziebarth
March 2019ST/ESA/2019/DWP/158
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Key Issue: Sustainable Development
The role of external audits in enhancing transparency and accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals
by Author: Aránzazu Guillán Montero and David Le Blanc
January 2019ST/ESA/2019/DWP/157
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
The 2030 Agenda: The roadmap to GlobALLizaton
by Authors: Filipa Correia, Philipp Erfurth and Julie Bryhn
November 2018ST/ESA/2018/DWP/156
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Social Development, Sustainable Development
From “Structural Change” to “Transformative Change”: Rationale and Implications
by S. Nazrul Islam and Kenneth Iversen
February 2018ST/ESA/2018/DWP/155
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
A Scoping Study of PPP Guidelines
by Motoko Aizawa
January 2018ST/ESA/2018/DWP/154
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Social Development
Towards a more comprehensive assessment of fiscal space
by Hoi Wai Jackie Cheng and Ingo Pitterle
January 2018ST/ESA/2018/DWP/153
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
Climate Change and Social Inequality
by S. Nazrul Islam and John Winkel
October 2017ST/ESA/2017/DWP/152
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
Promoting structural transformation: strategic diversification vs. laissez-faire approach
by Clovis Freire
September 2017ST/ESA/2017/DWP/151
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy
Economic Diversification: Explaining the pattern of diversification in the global economy and its implications for fostering diversification in poorer countries
by Clovis Freire
August 2017ST/ESA/2017/DWP/150
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
Mapping the linkages between oceans and other Sustainable Development Goals: A preliminary exploration
by David Le Blanc, Clovis Freire, Marjo Vierros
February 2017ST/ESA/2017/DWP/149
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
Public-Private Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Fit for purpose?
by Jomo KS, Anis Chowdhury, Krishnan Sharma, Daniel Platz
February 2016ST/ESA/2016/DWP/148
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Key Issue: Financing for Development, Sustainable Development
What can Uzbekistan tell us about industrial policy that we did not already know?
by Vladimir Popov, Anis Chowdhury
February 2016ST/ESA/2016/DWP/147
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy
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
by Katia Vladimirova, David Le Blanc
October 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/146
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy
The Contexts of Social Inclusion
by Hilary Silver
October 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/144
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Key Issue: Social Development
Inequality and Environmental Sustainability
by S. Nazrul Islam
August 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/145
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
Inequality and the Tails: The Palma Proposition and Ratio Revisited
by Alex Cobham, Luke Schlogl and Andy Sumner*
July 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/143
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy
Will Inequality Lead China to the Middle Income Trap?
by S. Nazrul Islam
June 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/142
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy
Towards integration at last? The sustainable development goals as a network of targets
by David Le Blanc
March 2015ST/ESA/2015/DWP/141
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Key Issue: Economic Analysis and Policy, Sustainable Development
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