The United Nations Economist Network (UNEN) is a UN-wide network, led by the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, Elliott Harris, to 

  • facilitate collaboration and joint work among United Nations system entities on issues of shared interest and relevance to the sustainable development agenda;  
  • foster a system-wide and cross-cutting approach to research and policy analysis on key current and emerging economic, financial, social and environmental issues with a view to advancing the 2030 Agenda; 
  • build synergies to strengthen United Nations thought leadership and shape policies most relevant for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); 
  • enable local, national and regional perspectives to inform global deliberations on the 2030 Agenda; and 
  • provide a network of support on economic, financial, social and environmental policy issues to Resident Coordinator Offices and United Nations Country Teams. 

The Network is comprised of economists from United Nations system entities and country economists working in Resident Coordinator Offices.  It is open to contributions from experts working in other relevant areas of the United Nations.

Key deliverables include well-researched thematic briefs offering analysis and policy options as well as the UNEN Report for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations Shaping the Trends of Our Time , which examines five megatrends: climate change; demographic shifts, particularly population ageing; urbanization; the emergence of digital technologies; and inequalities –that are affecting economic, social and environmental outcomes. The Network is currently working on the topic of New Economics for Sustainable Development

For questions please contact DESA-UNEN@un.org 

The 13th Meeting of the United Nations Economist Network (UNEN)