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World Statistics Day 2015

World Statistics Day, observed every five years, will be celebrated in 2015, building on the overwhelming success of the previous occasion in 2010.


The United Nations Statistics Division is aware of various schemes being circulated via e-mail, Internet web sites, regular mail or facsimile, falsely stating that they are issued by or in association with the United Nations and/or its officials. These scams, which may seek to obtain money and/or personal details from the recipients of such correspondence, are fraudulent. more...

United Nations Statistical Commission

The 45th session of the Commission was held from 4 to 7 March 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York. more..

Watch the 45th session of the Commission on UN Web TV

UN General Assembly endorses Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

On 29 January 2014, the General Assembly endorsed the resolution A/RES/68/261 entitled Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics as they had been originally adopted by the Statistical Commission 20 years ago in April 1994. The Principles were reaffirmed by the Statistical Commission with a new preamble in March 2013 and subsequently endorsed by the Economic and Social Council on 24 July 2013 (Resolution 2013/21). Endorsement by the United Nations General Assembly marks the first time the Fundamental Principles have received such high recognition at the global political level.
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Upcoming Events 

21 - 25 April 2014 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Workshop for the UNSD-DFID project on "Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs"

28 April - 02 May 2014 - New York
28th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN)

29 April - 02 May 2014 - New York
Second Expert Group Meeting on the Revision of Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses

12 - 16 May 2014 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of recommendations

13 - 15 May 2014 - Niamey, Niger
United Nations Regional Workshop on Data Dissemination and Communication

Recent Events†

24 - 26 March 2014 - Pretoria, South Africa
United Nations Regional Seminar on Promotion and Utilization of Census Results and on the revision of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses

9 - 13 March 2014 - Muscat, Oman
Training for trainers on Energy Statistics and Balances in the Arab region

Latest Releases

Handbook of National Accounting

The Handbook of National Accounting: Financial Production, Flows and Stocks in the System of National Accounts

The Handbook provides practical guidance on the calculation and allocation of the production of various types of financial services and issues related to the compilation of the financial account and balance sheets. It is a joint product of the United Nations Statistics Division and the European Central Bank to facilitate the implementation of the System of National Accounts, 2008.

2012 Demographic Yearbook

Newsletter of the Interagency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services, No. 9

Joint newsletter of the United Nations Statistics Division , the Statistical Office of the European Communities, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Trade Organization and the World Tourism Organization.

2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook

2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook. Volume II - Trade by Commodity (online)

This publication provides an overview of the world trade and detailed information (with brief analytical text, summary tables and graphs) on the merchandise trade of 258 commodities in 2012.

2012 Demographic Yearbook

2012 Demographic Yearbook (online)

This publication contains data for more than 230 countries or areas, including the reference year 2012. Tables presented include a world summary of selected demographic statistics, statistics on the size, distribution and trends in national populations, fertility, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality, etc.

Population and Vital Statistics Report

Population and Vital Statistics Report (PDF)

This report presents data on total, female and male population counts from the most recent population census, population estimates and number and rates of vital events - births, deaths and infant deaths - for all the countries of the world.

World Statistics Pocketbook 2013

World Statistics Pocketbook 2013 edition (print)

Over 50 indicators have been collected from more than 20 international statistical sources and are presented in one-page profiles for 216 countries or areas of the world.

Friends of the Chair Group

New website launchStatistical Commission Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress

This Group was established by the Commission in 2013 as a response to the request of the Rio+20 conference to launch a programme of work on broader measures of progress to complement GDP in order to better inform policy decisions. Visit website

Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

This year's report shows that substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the MDG targets, but others will require redoubled efforts to meet the 2015 deadline. It also reveals that achievement has been uneven among and within countries. more

MDG Progress Chart 2013

The chart presents an assessment of progress as of June 2013 towards selected key targets relating to each Millennium Development Goal. View chart in all 6 official UN languages.

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Population & Housing Census

2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme

Knowledge BaseThe website of the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme facilitates the international exchange and sharing of knowledge and information on census taking, as well as provision of guidance to countries, and monitoring progress on the implementation of the Programme. more...