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The United Nations Statistics Division

The Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. We compile and disseminate global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems. We facilitate the coordination of international statistical activities and support the functioning of the United Nations Statistical Commission as the apex entity of the global statistical system.

The Statistics Division's main functions are:

  1. the collection, processing and dissemination of statistical information;
  2. the standardization of statistical methods, classifications and definitions;
  3. the technical cooperation programme; and
  4. the coordination of international statistical programmes and activities.

To carry out these functions, it:

  • provides a global centre for data on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment and demographic and social statistics gathered from national
    and international sources
  • promotes international standards of methods, classifications and definitions used by national agencies
  • assists Member States, at their request, to improve their statistical services by giving advice and training
  • coordinates international statistical programmes and activities entrusted to the Division by the United Nations Statistical Commission and the Committee for the Coordination
    of Statistical Activities (CCSA)
  • provides input and secretarial support to the United Nations Statistical Commission
  • facilitates the monitoring of progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by leading the Interagency and Expert Group on MDG indicators and maintaining the global MDG indicator database
  • promotes modern surveying and mapping techniques as a tool for growth and development

The Division regularly publishes data updates, including the Statistical Yearbook and World Statistics Pocketbook, and books and reports on statistics and statistical methods. The Division's databases are also available on this site.

The Secretary-General appointed Mr. Stefan Schweinfest Director of the Statistics Division effective 1 July 2014.

For further information contact:
Director, Statistics Division
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Fax: +1 212/963 9851