World Economic and Social Survey 2017:
Reflecting on 70 years of development policy analysis
The upcoming World Economic and Social Survey will be launched in July 2017. This year’s Survey will present a review of seven decades of the flagship publication – the longest running publication of its kind – and recall historical lessons that are relevant for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The historical review of the Survey will cover multiple phases of development policy analysis and practice, showing that – despite the significant changes in the global development landscape – many lessons from the past are still highly relevant. In addressing the multitude of pressing challenges that the world is facing today, the analysis presented in the Survey will offer useful guidance to the international development community.
About the World Economic and Social Survey
In 1947, a mandate by the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit annual reports on current world economic conditions and trends to the Economic and Social Council. The following reports were produced as a result of this mandate: Economic Report: Salient Features of the World Economic Situation from 1945 to 1947; World Economic Report (1948-1954); World Economic Survey (1955-1993); and World Economic and Social Survey (1994-1998). In 1999, the report was split into two. The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) serves as the United Nations’ definitive report on the state of the world economy. The World Economic and Social Survey focuses on specific medium- to long-term development challenges. Since 2005, the Survey has devoted itself entirely to specific themes of topical interest related to development. It provides objective analyses of pressing long-term social and economic development issues and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policy prescriptions.
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