More from UNDESA Vol 20, No. 06 - June 2016

Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development

Environmental sustainability is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The concept of sustainable development has been recognized as the only way to balance the imperative of eradicating extreme poverty and human deprivation with a need to keep the stability of our natural environment. 

In Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, experts provide a variety of insights about the behavioral and policy changes that would need to accompany the technical transformation needed for sustainable development. The book underlines that challenge of improving and adapting existent technology to the specific local needs of countries. It discusses the experience of countries and the policy options confronted by Governments to expedite the adoption of green technology and to facilitate rapid diffusion and knowledge sharing.

Co-edited by Diana Alarcon, Chief of the Development Strategy and Policy Analysis Unit in UN DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, and Rob Vos, Director of Agricultural Development Economics at FAO, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development spells out the behavioral and policy changes that would need to accompany the next technological transformation, taking into account the complexity of inducing technological change in the energy and agricultural sectors. The assessment suggests that this will require major, but doable improvements in national innovation systems and major, but affordable shifts in investment patterns and related macroeconomic adjustments.

The book is available for purchase via UN Publications


Global numbers of refugees and international migrants


Where do international migrants come from and where do they go? The new report by the Secretary-General “In Safety and Dignity: Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants” includes facts, figures and shares findings and recommendations to ensure that human mobility happens in a dignified and safe manner.

Recent estimates show that the number of international migrants hit 244 million in 2015 – 41 per cent more than in 2000. For more in-depth data, UN DESA’s Population Division offers an interactive site exploring recent trends.

For more information:

International migrant stock 2015: graphs

Global dataset on international migration

In Safety and Dignity: Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

Weak global growth continues

Economic activity in the world economy remains lacklustre, with little prospect for a turnaround in 2016, according to UN DESA’s World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2016 report, launched on 12 May.

According to the report, world gross product will grow by just 2.4 per cent in 2016, the same pace as in 2015, marking a downward revision of 0.5 percentage points from UN forecasts released in December 2015.

Persistent weakness in aggregate demand in developed economies remains a drag on global growth, while low commodity prices, mounting fiscal and current account imbalances and policy tightening have further dampened prospects for many commodity-exporting economies in Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Latin America and the Caribbean. This has been compounded by severe weather-related shocks, political challenges and large capital outflows in many developing regions.

For more information:

World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2016

Watch report launch via UN webcast recording

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