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  • World Fact Book (CIA) The Central Intelligence Agency maintains a seachable, on-line "World Factbook" with frequently updated country-level data on general introductory background, geographic, population statistics, descriptive government and legal information, and economic, communications, and transportation, and military data. It also highlights transnational issues of relevance the country. {http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html}
  • UN Statistics Division The Statistics Division compiles statistics from many international sources and produces global updates, including the "Statistical Yearbook", "World Statistics Pocketbook" and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics. It also provides to countries, specifications of the best methods of compiling information so that data from different sources can be readily compared. {http://unstats.un.org/unsd/}
  • Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center is one of the distributed active archive centers (DAACs) in the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Atmospheric Administration. SEDAC focuses on human interactions in the environment. It's mission is to develop and operate applications that support the integration of socioeconomic and Earth Science data and to serve as an "Information Gateway" between the Earth and Social Sciences. {http://sedac.ciesin.org/}
  • Global Resource Information Database (GRID The North American Node of UNEP GRID, is in the forefront of applying information technology tools such as remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and web mapping to address the relationships between the environment and human populations. The information created with these tools provide policy-makers a scientific basis for making decisions. Example of the services GRID has provided include: links between sustainable development community and global change research communities; access to georeferenced environmental and resource data; assistance in finding environmental and resource data ; data set development; assistance in metadata, geospatial data clearinghouse implementation and training ; technology assessment; methodology assessment and applications; education and training for developing country scientists and senior officials; assistance in formulating projects, writing proposals, and finding donors/sponsors. {http://grid2.cr.usgs.gov/}
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world. The Centers's programmes concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marine, mountains and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions. It also address the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment. The Resource Centre is UNEP-WCMC's unique collection of formally and informally published information on biodiversity, at national and international levels. It's Environment Links provides lists of biodiversity-related web sites, list servers, and many useful links to conservation and environmental information, resources and organisations. {http://www.unep-wcmc.org/}
  • World Resources Institute (WRI) WRI is an environmental thinktank that offers "EarthTrends", a comprehensive on-line database or Environmental Information Portal that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. The site presents information from world renown data sources in multiple formats. {http://www.wri.org/}
  • UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides a "one-stop-shop" webpage that provides publications and data sets generated within the various U.N. sub-programmes [Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Sustainable Development, Population, Forests, Financing for Development, Social Development, Statistics, Development Trends, Advancement of Women, and Public Administration]. {http://www.un.org/esa/desa.htm}
  • UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) releases statistics that are relevant for the analysis of international trade, foreign direct investment and commodities, and more explicitly for understanding the economic trends of developing countries over the past decades, particularly in the context of globalization. The statistics are based on existing national and international data sources. Data are presented in a consistent framework and wherever possible in an analytical way so as to facilitate their interpretation. Time series of basic data cover periods as long as available data permit. {http://www.unctad.org/Templates/StartPage.asp?intItemID=2068}
  • Eldis Regional and Country Profiles Eldis is an internet based information service: filtering, structuring and presenting development information via the web and email. We maintain an ever-growing library of editorially selected and abstracted online documents, and an organisational directory of development-related internet services. It is possible to search the entire Eldis database as well obtain both Regional and Country-specific information. Country-level data include: health, education, gender, agriculture, trade and finance, governance, environment, poverty, food security and emergencies, Aid and debt. This service is funded by Sida, Norad, SDC and DFID, and hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. {http://www.eldis.org/country/index.htm}

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