Volume 19, No.06 - June 2015

Capacity development

Monitoring new development goals at a global level

Launch of the Integrated Crisis Prevention and Recovery ProgrammeThe First Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), taking place on 1-2 June at the UN Headquarters in New York, will develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global level, and to support its implementation.

The main objectives of the meeting are to set up the process for the development of the indicator framework; develop a work plan and agree on the way forward; establish the methods of work of the group; and discuss technical issues, including the interlinkages across targets and data disaggregation.

The meeting is expected to be webcast live at

For more information: UN Sustainable Development Goal Indicators 


Assessing Member States contributions

Revitalization of the work of the General AssemblyThe Committee on Contributions – a technical committee of the General Assembly – will review the methodology of the scale of assessment of the contributions of Member States to the budget of the Organization for possible improvements, with the support of UN DESA’s Statistics Division.

The Committee will commence its 75th session on 1 June and will continue until 26 June, and the Statistics Division will provide substantive services to the Committee on technical aspects of the elements of the scale methodology and the supporting data for calculating the scale.

For this purpose the Statistics Division will make presentations on the elements of scale, provided oral responses to the questions by the Committee, prepare several conference room papers as requested by the Committee members including the calculation of several alternative models for the scale assessment for the period 2016-2018 using updated data.

The Statistics Division will also provide information on the economic situation of Member States to help the Committee to decide on representations made under Article 19 of the United Nations Charter.

For more information: UN DESA’s Statistics Division 


Incorporating economic and environmental perspectives in social policy-making

Launch of the Integrated Crisis Prevention and Recovery ProgrammeAiming to contribute to the work of the UN in the area of capacity development in the framework of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development is organizing a workshop on incorporating economic and environmental perspectives in social policy-making. The meeting is being organised back-to-back with the meeting of the inter-governmental council of UNESCO Management of Social Transformation (MOST) in Paris on 3-4 June.

The workshop is being held at UNESCO headquarters and will address specific capacity gaps like understanding a new sustainable development paradigm that places people in the centre of development, capacity to formulate social policies in the framework of the SDGs, and capacity to begin the process of identifying specific SDGs indicators to monitor sustainable social development policies.

The workshop will include representatives of the African Union, the European Union, the ILO, OECD, UNESCO, the International Energy Agency, the International Social Science Council as well as Ministers from Tanzania, Moldova and high-level representatives from Ghana, Malaysia, Mongolia, Norway, South Africa and Thailand, as well as other countries.

The overall objective of the workshop is to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills to effectively incorporate economic and environmental concerns into social policy-making and national economic and development planning.

For more information: UN DESA Division for Social Policy and Development