Most issues carry two U.N. document series symbols: E/CN.5/- and ST/SOA/- (1957-<1970>); E/CN.5/- and ST/ESA/- (<1978>-1989); ST/ESA/- and E/- (1993-2001); A/- and ST/ESA/- (2003- ); for example, the 2003 Report is symbolled A/58/153/Rev.1, ST/ESA/284. From 2003- , each Report takes a thematic approach, addressing one priority theme in depth. Vols. for 1957-<1961> include as pt. 2 reports on special subjects.
Supplements accompany some issues.
Issuing Body Note
Issued by: Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, 1961-1974; Dept. of International Economic and Social Affairs, 1978-1989; Dept. of Economic and Social Development, 1993; Dept. for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis, 1997; Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, 2001- .
Preceded by: United Nations. Dept. of Social Affairs. Preliminary report on the world social situation with special reference to standards of living. Issued also in French as: Rapport sur la situation sociale dans le monde, and in Spanish as: Informe sobre la situación social en el mundo.