The designations employed and the presentation
of country or area names in these listings do not imply the expression
of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the
United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory,
city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation
of its frontiers or boundaries. The user of any particular dataset
should consult the dataset documentation to determine the exact
coverage of statistics for the country or area entities in the
dataset. Various datasets may or may not include coverage of outlying
and overseas areas, depending on the type of data and source. For
further information refer to Standard Country or Area Codes for
Statistical use (United Nations publications, Sales No. 17.98.XVII.9),
table 2, updated at ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/49/Rev.4 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49regin.htm
(17 October 2002).
There is no established convention for the designation
of “developed” and “developing” countries
or areas in the United Nations system. In common practice, Japan
in Asia, Canada and the United States in northern America, Australia
and New Zealand in Oceania, and Europe are considered “developed” regions.
The designation sub-Saharan Africa is commonly
used to indicate all of Africa except northern Africa, with the
Sudan included in sub-Saharan Africa.