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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...

United Nations Statistical Commission

The 46th session of the Commission will be held from 3 to 6 March 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. The annotated provisional agenda, provisional programme of work and side events are now uploaded. Read more

Watch events live on UN Web TV:

Note to delegates: On Mon 2 March and Tue 3 March, the Pass & ID office opens from 8 am to 4 pm. Location: corner of 45th Street/1st Avenue.

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

Upcoming Events 

25 - 26 February 2015 - New York, USA
Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda

27 February 2015 - New York, USA
Statistical Commission Friday Seminar on “The Development of an Indicator Framework for the post-2015 Development Agenda: Towards a nationally owned monitoring system for the SDGs”

8 - 11 March 2015 - Tehran, Iran
Training workshop on the Compilation of Quarterly National Accounts for Economic Cooperation Organization Member Countries

Recent Events 

16 - 19 February 2015 - Amman, Jordan
Regional Workshop on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information

Latest Releases

2013 Demographic Yearbook

2013 Demographic Yearbook (online)

This publication contains data for more than 230 countries or areas, including the reference year 2013. 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.

2013 International Trade Statistics Yearbook

2013 International Trade Statistics Yearbook. Volume II - Trade by Product (online)

The yearbook provides an overview of the latest trends of trade in goods and services showing international trade for commodity groups (3-digit SITC groups) and for the main Extended Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS) categories.

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.

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.

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.

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...