As one of the "joint crisis initiatives" taken by the Chiefs Executives Board (CEB) of the United Nations System, UN-DESA developed an Integrated Monitoring and Analysis System (IMAS) aimed at establishing a reliable monitoring and analysis system to alert policy makers about vulnerabilities that could hurt countries under changing global economic conditions. IMAS tries to address three challenges:

  • To bring existing information together into an effective monitoring framework that allows for real-time assessments of the economic and social impacts of changing conditions in the world economy.
  • To analyze risks related to different types of shocks, their transmissions, and likely effects on developing countries and various population groups.
  • To inform policy makers so that they can design adequate responses and monitor the effectiveness of the policy actions taken.