The present report was prepared in response to the General Assembly resolution 66/205, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to it at its sixty-eighth session on the status of sustainable development in mountain regions.

According to this new UN report over 80% of the urban population added in the next 15 years will be found in China, India, South Africa,Nigeria, Indonesia and Pakistan & new strategies are needed to address impacts of the rapid urbanization.

The 2012 Revision of World Population Prospects represents the latest global demographic estimates and projections prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat.

This report sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. It calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world.

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013: presents a post-crisis world economy still struggling with continued weakening growth of 2.2 per cent in 2012; projects disappointing global growth of 2.4 per cent in 2013 and 3.2 per cent in 2014 in the face of major uncertainties and downside risks; foresees a much slower pace of poverty reduction i

This report examines the challenges of achieving food and nutrition security and provides an update on progress in implementing sustainable agricultural policies and practices in line with the Rome Principles.

Even in countries with rapidly growing economies, large number of people still resort to open defecation: 626 million in India, 14 million in China & 7 million in Brazil finds this 2012 report which assesses the regional progress on eight MDGs.

Difficulties in raising sufficient domestic and external resources to finance the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), along with the numerous drawbacks of traditional aid, are leading the quest for innovative sources of development finance.

The world economy is on the brink of another major downturn. Global economic growth started to decelerate on a broad front in mid-2011 and is estimated to have averaged 2.8 per cent over the last year. This economic slowdown is expected to continue into 2012 and 2013.

This report contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy as quickly as possible.