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Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
New website launch The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 was launched in New York by the Secretary-General on 7 July 2014. The report presents the latest assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs. The report shows that significant progress has been made across all goals and millions of lives have been saved. Yet, much more effort is needed in many areas. Continued progress towards the MDGs in the remaining year is essential in order to provide a solid foundation for the post-2015 development agenda. more..

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...

Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

On 29 August 2014 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG), giving it the task of suggesting measures to close data gaps and strengthen national statistical capacities, and to assess new opportunities linked to innovation, technical progress and the surge of new data providers. The IEAG report, available at [], was released on 6 November 2014 (see press release). It delineates a comprehensive programme of action in four areas in order to allow all countries and groups of people to participate in the benefits of the data revolution, namely: (i) Principles and standards, (ii) Technology, innovation and analysis, (iii) Capacity and resources, (iv) Leadership and governance. Read more

Interview with Vanessa Lawrence,
Co-Chair UN-GGIM

28 October 2014 - Dr Vanessa Lawrence, Co-Chair of UN-GGIM has given an interview to Global Government Forum. With an impressive career which has brought her to the Co-Chair of UN-GGIM, along with accolades like ‘GeoSpatial Personality of the Decade’, it would be easy to look back, but Dr Lawrence is looking forward. The interview covers everything from UN-GGIM to the GGRF, and how geospatial data is improving everything from disaster response to how to find a takeaway restaurant. Read more

Chinese government donates the GlobeLand30 datasets to the United Nations

23 September 2014 - On the occasion of the upcoming UN climate change summit, Chinese government donated the GlobeLand30 datasets to the United Nations at the UN Headquarters in New York on 22 September 2014. H.E. Mr. Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China handed over the GlobeLand30 datasets to the Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon as China’s contribution to the global cause of sustainable development and combating climate change. Read more

Revised UN CountryStats App available for download

Newly Revised! UN CountryStats, a data visualization app based on the World Statistics Pocketbook, is now available to download for free. The revised app, based on the 2014 edition of the Pocketbook, compares key economic, social, environmental and trade indicators for 217 countries and areas. Updated data now covers the years 2005 to 2014. Indicators can be viewed as complete country profiles or visualized as bar graphs in country comparisons. Additional tools include the ability to save graphs as favourites and detailed definitions and sources for each indicator.
The World Statistics Pocketbook, 2014 edition, is an annual compilation of key statistical indicators prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Both the publication and UN CountryStats are available at

Upcoming Events 

15 - 16 January 2015 - New York, USA
Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics

20 - 23 January 2015 - Bangkok, Thailand
Regional Workshop for countries in Asia and the Pacific on “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy”

Recent Events 

2 - 5 December 2014 - Santiago, Chile
Regional Workshop for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy”

2 - 5 December 2014 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Rev. 3

1 - 4 December 2014 - Amman, Jordan
Workshop on Integrating a Gender Perspective in the Production of statistics

Latest Releases

2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook

2013 International Trade Statistics Yearbook. Volume I - Trade by Country (online)

The objective of this publications is to inform the reader about the detailed merchandise and services imports and exports of individual countries (areas) by commodity and service category and by partner country up to the year 2013.

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 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)

The 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 2014 edition

Over 50 indicators have been collected from more than 20 international statistical sources and are presented in one-page profiles for 200 countries or areas of the world.

United Nations Statistical Commission Upcoming 46th session, 3-6 March 2015

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

MDG Progress Chart 2014

With around 500 days away till the Millennium Development Goals deadline, several important targets have or are close to be met by 2015 in many regions and sub-regions, but progress in other areas is far from sufficient. The MDG Progress Chart 2014 presents an assessment of the regional and sub-regional progress towards selected key targets relating to each Goal as of June 2014. 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...