ASpecial Session of the United Nations General Assembly met in Geneva on June 26–30 to assess the progress that had been made in the five years since the March 1995 Copenhagen Summit adopted a Declaration on Social Development and Program of Action. In the Copenhagen declaration the heads of state or government of 117 countries had committed themselves to fighting poverty, unemployment, and social disintegration. In the intervening five years, there has been heightened concern over the economic and social consequences of international financial crises, growing insecurity over globalization, and, in some regions, a deepening of poverty and unemployment.
The IMF Research Bulletin, a quarterly publication, selectively summarizes research and analytical work done by various departments at the IMF, and also provides a listing of research documents and other research-related activities, including conferences and seminars. The Bulletin is intended to serve as a summary guide to research done at the IMF on various topics, and to provide a better perspective on the analytical underpinnings of the IMF’s operational work.