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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...

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

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. The Group will advise the Secretary-General on measures required to close the data gaps and strengthen national statistical capacities. Read more

Interview with Stefan Schweinfest 

Stefan Schweinfest, the new Director of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNStats), has given a major interview to Global Government Forum, the website for senior civil servants around the world. In the post he discusses the main challenges facing UNStats, such as the Post 2015 Development Agenda, the combining of statistics with geospatial data and sustainable development goals. Stefan explains how UNStats can assist in major global programmes, and showcases the excellent work done by the division.
Read the full profile and interview at Global Government Forum

Millennium Development Goals
500-day Countdown

Today, 18 August 2014, marks the 500-day countdown toward the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). That means we still have 500 days to intensify actions to improve the lives of millions and establish a stable foundation for our development efforts beyond 2015. Global action needs to continue to reduce hunger, decrease undernutrition among young children, improve the health of mothers and their children, expand access and use of antiretroviral therapy, provide more support for women’s participation in secure jobs, further increase the number of children who attend primary school, ensure environmental sustainability and much more.
This video, prepared by UNStats, provides a snapshot of what has been achieved and what needs to be done to reach the MDGs.

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..

New Director of UNSD appointed

New website launchStefan Schweinfest was appointed Director of the Statistics Division (STAT/DESA) effective on 1 July 2014. Mr. Schweinfest studied Mathematical Economics at the Universities of Wuerzburg and Bonn, Germany. He holds a Diplome D’Etudes Approfondies from the University of Paris (Sorbonne/Pantheon) in these fields. During his M.Phil studies at the London School of Economics, he also held a position as teaching assistant at the LSE. Mr. Schweinfest joined UN DESA’s Statistics Division in 1989 more..

Upcoming Events 

28 September - 1 October 2014 - Amman, Jordan
Implementation f ISIC Rev.4 in Arab countries

29 September - 1 October 2014 - Aguascalientes, Mexico
International Conference on the measurement of Trade and Economic Globalization

7 - 9 October 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland
26th Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG indicators (IAEG-MDG)

14 - 16 October 2014 - UNHQ, New York
Expert Group on International Statistical Classifications

15 - 17 October 2014 - New Delhi, India
London Group on Environmental Accounting

19 - 23 October 2014 - Amman, Jordan
Workshop on Revision 3 of Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses and Census Data Evaluation

28 - 30 October 2014 - Beijing, China
International Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics

Recent Events 

8 - 10 September - World Bank Head Quarters, Washington D.C.
Developing guidance on national accounts compilation, Ninth meeting of the Advisory expert Group on National Accounts

3 - 4 September 2014 - Vladivostok, Russian Federation
Strengthening national statistical systems, High-level Meeting for Coordinated Implementation of International Standards for Macroeconomic 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...