United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Launches New Website

April 8, 2010

Launch of new DESA web site

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of its new website which delivers important innovations both in terms of content and technological enhancements.

The website has always been a significant part of DESA's outreach effort. Through the new site, both existing users and new visitors can gain a greater understanding of the Department's activities and achievements in promoting development for all.

This major redesign of the DESA site provided us with the opportunity to introduce a variety of new features which are intended to improve overall accessibility to information, while enhancing the browsing experience of visitors from a broad cross-section of society.

You are invited to browse the new site at http://www.un.org/desa/ and we encourage you to regularly check our site to keep up-to-date with latest DESA information.

Communications and Information Management Service
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations, New York

Summary of improvements

Some of the DESA site's new features include:

  • A news stream on the home page, providing visitors with timely, easy-to-read information on the Department's activities.
  • A revamped "About Us" section intended to not only focus on DESA's mission but also its tangible work and achievements.
  • A DESA Divisions page devoted to explaining the work of each Division in a clear and concise manner.
  • A new page dedicated to information on finding employment and internships at DESA.
  • A collection of pages where users both old and new can get to know Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang.
  • An improved calendar feature so that those both inside and outside of DESA can keep track of the Department's events.

From a technical perspective, the new site includes:  

  • A page design which is aligned with un.org to further harmonize the UN web presence, and create the foundation for more coherent DESA web sites.
  • Full multilingual support, offering most content in all six official UN languages.
  • Focus on web accessibility and web usability.
  • Use of advanced web analytics to gain detailed insight on the audience and content impact.
  • An increased focus on images/graphics.