World Economic and Social Survey
Publisher: Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
As the main development research division of the UN Secretariat, the
Development Policy and Analysis Division produces an array of publications
and documents that support the General Assembly and the Economic and Social
Council in their assessment of current and long-term development issues and
in their policy-setting agendas.
In addition, the Division's outputs are aimed at national policymakers, the
research community and the general public, and thus contribute to enriching
academic discussions of development challenges and providing policy
The Division's main publications include two departmental flagships, the
World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) and the World Economic Situation and
Prospects (WESP), and thematic reports by the Committee for Development
Policy. The official documents are parliamentary in nature, consisting of
specific inputs mandated by and prepared for the General Assembly and the
Economic and Social Council.
The working papers and LINK meeting reports and papers are geared more
towards the research community and the general public. This also applies to
the background papers, which provide additional in-depth analysis on topics
discussed in the main publications.
Development Policy and Analysis Division
2 United Nations Plaza, Room DC2-2170
New York, New York 10017 USA
Tel.: + 1 212 963 5497
Fax: + 1 212 963 1061
Content freely accessible in PDF format.
Current Issue: 2007
Date: 29 November 2007