UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
(1948; New York; www.un.org/desa)
As a part of the UN Secretariat, it strives to “bring the global community together to work towards common solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.” It promotes “inclusion, reducing inequalities and eradicating poverty.” UN DESA helps “countries translate their global commitments into national action in the economic, social and environmental spheres” by providing them with insightful databases and publications.
Areas of interest:
- Publishes reports, infographics, working papers, and policy briefs.
- Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2020 (April 2020, 207p): “presents the latest thinking on sustainable development issues” as well as “a wide range of policy recommendations.”
- Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 (September 2019, 252p): calls for “shifting current research priorities and supporting innovative approaches to sustainability science.”
Leadership: Liu Zhenmin (Under-Secretary-General)