Policy Briefs

 

UN DESA experts are working to help decision makers around the world navigate tough choices and to find ways to recover better from the COVID-19 crisis and prepare for complex and compounded risks in today's interconnected world.

Watch this space for the latest research, analysis and policy advice from UN DESA, an effort to support and complement the United Nations Secretary-General’s initiatives in response to the COVID-19 crisisDecade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals and call by the Member States to advance Our Common Agenda.

 
 
 


Future of the World

This series aims to provide UN DESA’s foresight analysis to advance our preparedness for future challenges and crises, and to reduce risks and make our systems more resilient. The series is part of the Future of the World initiative launched in the fall of 2021, which will also feature online policy dialogues with the authors of the policy briefs and related experts in connection with the topics of the briefs.

 

 

 
3 December 2021
 
The speed, complexity and new risks of technological development often present policy and regulatory challenges. Sandboxes and experiments have proven to be an effective catalyst in bridging policy or regulatory gaps. The promise of sandboxes and experiments allows evidence-based decision-making and adaptive deployment of digital technologies. It allows institutions and regulators to experiment and trial with digital technologies and innovations at the edge or even outside of the existing policy space and regulatory framework.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16 November 2021
 
The world risks the devastation of a “lost decade” of development in developing countries. Stronger, more risk-informed development cooperation can help to end the COVID-19 pandemic, including supporting global efforts to get vaccines to 70% of the world’s population in a year’s time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12 November 2021
 
Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the regional, national and local level require fit-for-purpose data with each data ecosystem stakeholder playing their part while working in harmony to achieve “a world with data we trust”. The Bern Data Compact for the Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched at the UN World Data Forum 2021 defines the global data ecosystem needed to use data effectively for people, planet, prosperity, and peace.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


 


Recovering better and supporting the Decade of Action (July 2020 – June 2021 Series)

 

This series features UN DESA’s analysis and policy recommendations with the aim to recover better from the COVID-19 crisis and ensure a better and sustainable recovery to meet the promises of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

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SDG progress and implementation

 

 

Economic insecurity

 

 

Rural development

 
 

Data, governance and digital technologies

 
 

Sustainable financing and investment

 
 

Inclusive, sustainable and green recovery for all

 

 

 

 



Socioeconomic impact and response to COVID-19 (April – June 2020 Series)

                                               

Responding to COVID-19 and Recovering Better is a compilation volume of UN DESA’s policy brief series released during the period of April-June, focusing on the economic and social impact of COVID-19.


It presents detailed analysis and solid evidence needed for effective decision-making on a number of critical social and economic issues. It also presents key policy recommendations to support the Secretary-General's initiatives in response to COVID-19 and help the international community to navigate the policy choices ahead. Individual policy briefs are also available here