• Social Indicators

    Definition of social indicators Social indicators are defined as statistical measures that describe social trends and conditions impacting on human well-being.[1] Generally, social indicators perform one or more of three functions: providing information for decision-making monitoring and evaluating policies and/or searching for a common good and deciding how to reach it.[2] What is an indicator? […]

  • Pillars of Peace

    About The Pillars of Peace Report, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, provides a new conceptual framework for understanding and describing the factors that are associated with peaceful societies. The research is based on an analysis of over 4,000 data sets, surveys and indices; it is the first empirical framework that aims to […]

  • Perspectives on Global Development 2012

    Overview Perspectives on Global Development 2012 – Social Cohesion in a Shifting World. In 2011, the world was witness to mass citizen mobilisation. From Tahrir square to the Puerta del Sol, from the streets of Tunis to the avenues of New Delhi, calls for more social and economic justice, political participation and openness have resounded. […]

  • Turn the Heat Down

    Overview Turn the Heat Down: Why a 4 °C World Must Be Avoided is a new report from the World Bank analyses the likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4° Celsius warming within this century. It is a rigorous attempt to outline a range of risks, focusing on developing countries and […]

  • Policy Implication Warning for Permafrost

    Overview Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost, released by the UNEP in November 2012, claims that the thawing of permafrost could significantly amplify global warming. The report indicates that the same warming can cause costly damage to infrastructure as a result of increasingly unstable ground. Almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere is covered by permafrost […]

  • Measures of Australia’s Progress Consultation Report 2012

    Overview The latest report from Measures of Australia’s Progress provides an account of what surveyed Australians indicated were important for them to progress; it givens an overview of the findings of the national consultation process, how it operated and who said what. It highlights the role that social media played in engaging new progress initiatives. […]

  • Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals

    Overview With less than three years before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target date of 2015, development practitioners, including agencies of the United Nations (UN), are already initiating consultations aimed at defining the contours of the post-2015 development agenda. Any meaningful discussion of Africa’s priorities after 2015 must, however, be grounded in Africa’s experiences and […]

  • Sri Lanka Human Development Report 2012

    Overview Sri Lanka is at present in a new phase of development, facing a different set of challenges, compared to several years ago. It has entered the league of middle income countries, and is set to achieve almost all the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Its attainment of social indicators is well above those of […]

  • Delhi 2012 Media Highlights

    The 4th OECD World Forum on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”, hosted in New Delhi, received a wide range of media coverage. The four-day Forum will gathered around 1,000 participants, from national statistical offices, government agencies, academia and civil society. It included a combination of keynote speeches, round tables, and themed sessions on material conditions, quality […]

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