United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)


Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Fax: 1-212-963-1010

United Nations, New York, N.Y. 10017
Fax: 1-212-963-1010

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, social, and environmental spheres and national action. The Department works in three main interlinked areas:

  • It compiles, generates, and analyzes a wide range of economic, social, and environmental data and information which UN MSs draw on in order to review common problems and to take stock of policy options;

  • It facilitates the negotiations of MSs in many intergovernmental bodies on joint courses of action to address ongoing or emerging global challenges; and

  • It advises interested governments on the ways and means of translating policy frameworks developed in UN conferences and summits into programmes at the country level and, through technical assistance, helps build national capacities.

Selected TCB programmes and initiatives in this guide

Capacity-building for graduation strategies for Least Developed Countries in Asia and Africa
South-South Cooperation: the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF)

The UN Development Account involves partnerships between UNDESA, UNCTAD, and the Regional Commissions. The projects implemented or under implementation have benefited from the collaboration of the member entities of the United Nations Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs (ECESA), which includes all those entities with normative, analytical, and operational activities in economic and social development.

For more information: http://www.un.org/esa/devaccount/