Global Advocacy > United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Through its capacity development activities, UNDESA assists countries, at their request, in global advocacy, including in macroeconomic and trade policy development, as part of broader national development strategies. In so doing, it collaborates with the regional commissions and UNCTAD, particularly through the UN Development Account and its projects.

World Economic and Social Survey (WESS)

WESS provides objective analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and dis- cusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies. The analyses are supported by analytical research and data included in the annex.

The World Economic and Social Survey 2012 analyses the nature of the challenges associated with generating new sources of international development finance. A number of initiatives have been launched in the last decade, most of which have been used to fund global health programmes that have helped to provide immunizations and AIDS and tuberculosis treatments to millions of people in the developing world. While these initiatives have successfully used novel methods to channel development financing, they have not yielded much additional funding, leaving available finance well short of what is needed. It concludes that while a number of mechanisms have great potential, realizing that potential will require international coordination and corresponding political will to tap sources, as well as the design and implementation of appropriate management mechanisms for the allocation of additional resources for development and global public goods.

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The World Economic and Social Survey 2009 seeks to bridge this gap within the public policy debate. It argues that mitigation and adaptation ef forts can move forward ef fectively only if they are part of a consistent development strategy built around a massive investment-led transformation along low-carbon, high-growth paths. While acknowledging that a var iet y of market and non-market inst itut ional mechanisms w ill be needed if advances are to be made along those paths, the survey contends at the same time that a critical role must be played by developmental states able to mobilize public f inance and build appropriate technological capacity.

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