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UN CountryStats app: for iPhones and iPads (released 1 March 2012)
 
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the new UN CountryStats app. Adapted from the print version of the World Statistics Pocketbook, this app for iPhones and iPads is available for download free of charge from the App store. Data on various key economic, social and environmental indicators for 216 countries and areas can be viewed in table format for each individual country, and comparisons of up to three countries at a time can be made, by indicator, and displayed as bar graphs.

Handbook of National Accounting: Use of Macro Accounts in Policy Analysis
 
Series: F, No.81 
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02.XVII.5
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This Handbook is one in a series of national accounting handbooks. It was prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division and deals with policy analysis uses of 1993 SNA economic, social and environmental (satellite) accounts. It examines how scope, detail and consistency of benchmark, annual and quarterly macro accounts data can best serve indicator analysis of past and modeling of future trends and how compilation methods may affect such analyses. The handbook is based on papers presented and discussions in a 1998 Statistics Division expert group meeting of national accountants, and specialists on monetary, fiscal and balance of payments issues, environmental, poverty and other social concerns, input-output and other modelers and econometricians.

Handbook of National Accounting: Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting -- An Operational Manual
 
Series: F, No.78 
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00.XVII.17
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United Nations Statistics Division and United Nations Environment Programme have jointly published Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting - An Operational Manual. The handbook provides, on the basis of country experiences, hands on guidance on the implementation of the more practical modules of the System of integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA). It is accompanied by a user-friendly software consisting of a sequence of worksheets. The manual is the result of collaboration with the "Nairobi Group", a group of experts from developed and developing countries, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Glossary of Environment Statistics
 
Series: F, No.67 
Sales number:
96.XVII.12
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This quick reference tool has been prepared by the Statistics Division to define key terms used in the fields of environmental statistics, indicators of sustainable development and integrated environmental and economic accounting. It presents concepts and definitions for these rapidly developing new areas of applied statistics, covering 1,200 terms referring to environmental elements of air/climate, land, soil, water and ecosystems and related socioeconomic concerns such as natural resource use, waste management, public health, human settlements and the effects of natural disasters. The glossary should appeal to environmental statisticians and to data users such as environmental managers and policy analysts looking for operational concepts and definitions.

Handbook of National Accounting -- Integrated Environment and Economic Accounting
 
Series: F, No.61 
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93.XVII.12
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This handbook on integrated environmental and economic accounting responds to the request in Agenda 21 of the Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro that methods of integrated economic accounting for the environment be published and widely circulated. The handbook presents concepts, methods and classifications which incorporate environmental concerns including natural resource depletion, environmental quality degradation and environmental protection into national accounts by means of a system of integrated environmental and economic accounting (SEEA). The main objective of integrated accounting is to support integrated social, economic and environmental policy by means of environmentally adjusted indicators of national wealth, net domestic product, consumption and capital formation. The handbook will be used, in particular, to assist countries in implementing national programmes or case studies of environmental accounting.

Concepts and Methods of Environment Statistics--Statistics of the Natural Environment
 
Series: F, No.57 
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91.XVII.18
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This report proposes concepts, definitions and classifications for statistical variables that describe the state and trends of the natural environment and its relationships with human and socio-economic activities. It is based on the structure and principles of A Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (Series M, No. 78). The report presents a menu of statistical variables that can be selected in the development of national and international programmes of environment statistics and indicators. A companion report, Concepts and Methods of Environment Statistics: Human Settlements - A Technical Report, published in 1988, deals with the environmental aspects of human settlements statistics.

Concepts and Methods of Environment Statistics: Human Settlements Statistics?A Technical Report
 
Series: F, No.51 
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88.XVII.14
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This report proposes concepts, definitions and classifications for statistical variables that describe environmental and related socio-economic aspects of human settlements. Based on the structure and principles of the framework for the development of environment statistics, the report facilitates the identification of appropriate statistical series. It also helps to determine relevant classifications and data sources.

Studies in the Integration of Social Statistics--A Technical Report
 
Series: F, No.24 
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79.XVII.4
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This publication consists of four papers: "System of social and demographic statistics (SSDS): potential uses and usefulness"; "Strategy for further work on the framework for the integration of social and demographic statistics"; "Issues and terms of reference for further work"; and "National practices and plans in reporting statistics of levels of living". These papers were originally prepared between 1974 and 1978 for discussion of the progress and issues in this evolving field. They provide an overall perspective on recent national and international work on the integration of social, demographic and related economic and environmental statistics and suggest promising avenues for further work. The report provides a record of international work in this field since the publication in 1974 of Towards a System of Social and Demographic Statistics (Series F, No. 18).------ Out of print.

Feasibility of Welfare-Oriented Measures to Supplement the National Accounts and Balances--A Technical Report
 
Series: F, No.22 
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77.XVII.12
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This publication had its origins in the growing interest in measuring the levels of living or well-being of populations and in the widespread consensus that monetary measures of output and income fail to capture important dimensions of welfare. It provides a survey of the problems arising and the work done to date in devising welfare measures to supplement the national accounts and balances. Included are chapters on aspects of the household economy, intermediate and final expenditures of general government, measures of environmental conditions and pollution, measurement of assets and approaches to international comparisons.------ Out of print.

System of National Accounts, 2008
 
Series: F, No.2/Rev. 5 
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08.XVII.29
Languages available:A, C, E, F, R, S
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This flagship publication, System of National Accounts, 2008 (2008 SNA) is the comprehensive statistical framework for economic statistics that provides a consistent and flexible set of macroeconomic accounts for policymaking, analysis and research. It has been produced and is released under the auspices of the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.

It represents an update, mandated by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2003, of the System of National Accounts, 1993 (1993 SNA), which was produced under the joint responsibility of the same five organizations. Like earlier editions, the 2008 SNA reflects the evolving needs of its users, new developments in the economic environment and advances in methodological research. The 2008 SNA is the international statistical standards for national accounting and provide the methodological basis for improving the international comparability of national accounts data.

When adopting the 2008 SNA as the updated new standard of national accounting, the United Nations Statistical Commission encouraged all countries to compile and report their national accounts on the basis of the 2008 SNA as soon as possible. For this purpose, it is scheduled that the 2008 SNA will be made available in the other official languages of the United Nations by 2011.

System of National Accounts 1993, CD-ROM
 
Series: F, No.2, Rev. 4 
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96.XVII.3
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SNA-CD is a complete electronic version of the System of National Accounts 1993 book publication with a wealth of new electronic functions. These include an easy-to-browse, user-friendly interface, collapsible multi-level table of contents, back of the book index with embeded jumps to referenced paragraphs, pop-up definitions, full-text searches and spreadsheets. It works under a Windows environment and can be installed on a LAN.

System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Central Framework
 
Series: F, No.109 
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12.XVII.12
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The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting 2012 - Central Framework (2012 SEEA) is a statistical framework that provides a comprehensive, consistent, comparable and flexible set of environmental-economic accounts for policy making, analysis and research purposes.

Agenda 21 adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil called for the establishment of a "program to develop national systems of integrated environmental and economic accounting in all countries". More recently, the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held also in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 reconfirmed that "integrated social, economic, and environmental data and information …. is important to decision-making processes."

In response to the continued need for environmental and environmental-economic information, in 2005 the United Nations Statistical Commission established the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA), an intergovernmental body composed of representatives from national statistical offices and international agencies, with the mandate to revise the SEEA.

System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water
 
Series: F, No.100 
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11.XVII.12
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The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water, commonly referred to as SEEA-Water, is a conceptual framework for the organization of physical and economic information in support of water policy design and evaluation. The SEEA-Water is a subsystem of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), which provides the internationally agreed framework for measuring the interactions between the economy and the environment coherent with the concepts, definitions and classifications of the System of National Accounts.

After a rigorous global consultation process, the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) adopted the SEEA-Water. Along with its adoption, the UNSC also encouraged its implementation by the Member States.

The UNSC is a functional Commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations that brings together the Chief Statisticians from the Member States. As such, the UNSC is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities, especially in setting statistical methodological standards and their implementation at the national and international level.

The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics
 
Series: K, No.19 
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10.XVII.11
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The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics presents statistics and analysis on the status of women and men in the world, highlighting the current situation and changes over time. It was prepared to coincide with and in observance of the first-ever World Statistics Day, 20.10.2010. The report is the fifth in the series which has been published every five years, as called for in the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. As in the past editions, the presentation is made in a format and language that non-specialists can readily understand.
The World's Women 2010 reveals that progress towards the goal of gender equality has been made in the last two decades in a number of areas, although uneven and, for the most part, quite modest. In some areas it is clear that there is a long way to go before gender equality is achieved. These are elaborated in the following eight chapters of the report, each representing a broad area of concern: population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. A wide selection of the statistics and indicators at the country level are presented in the Statistical Annex of the report.
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International Recommendations for Water Statistics
 
Series: M, No.91 
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10.XVII.15
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The International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS) was developed to assist countries establish and strengthen information systems for water, which in turn support the design and evaluation of better water policies. In particular, these recommendations: (a) support the collection, compilation and dissemination of internationally comparable water statistics in countries; (b) support the implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEA-Water); and (c) provide the necessary information for deriving coherent and consistent indicators, enabling comparisons over time and between countries from an agreed list of data items.

The IRWS consolidates the experiences and practices of countries and international organizations in the field of water statistics, and was developed in close collaboration and consultations with many countries and international experts. Following this process, the IRWS was adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) at its forty-first session in February 2010.

The UNSC is a functional Commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations that brings together the Chief statisticians from the Member States. As such it is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities, especially the setting of statistical standards, the development of concepts and methods and their implementation at the national and international level.

Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics
 
Series: M, No.78 
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84.XVII.12
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This publication provides a framework for environment statistics whose major objective is to assist in the development, coordination and organization of these statistics. The framework may be used in particular for reviewing environmental problems and identifying variables for statistical descriptions. Other possible uses are assessing data requirements, sources and availability and structuring environmental databases.

Provisional Guidelines on Standard International Age Classifications
 
Series: M, No.74 
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82.XVII.5
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This publication sets out provisional guidelines on standard international age classification, as approved by the Statistical Commission at its twenty-first session, in 1981. The guidelines were developed on the basis of existing national practices and international recommendations concerning age classification and the comments made by the members of the Statistical Commission at its twenty-first session. Chapter I explains the purpose of standard international age classifications. Chapter II sets forth recommended standard international age classifications for the following: population; family formation, families and households; learning and educational services; earning activities and the inactive; distribution of income, consumption and accumulation; social security and welfare services; health, health services and nutrition; housing and its environment; public order and safety; time use; leisure and culture; and social stratification and mobility.------ Out of print.

Statistical Yearbook 2011, Fifty-sixth issue
 
Series: S, No.32 
Sales number:
13.XVII.1 H
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The Statistical Yearbook is an annual compilation of a wide range of international economic, social and environmental statistics on over 200 countries and areas, compiled from sources including UN agencies and other international, national and specialized organizations. The 56th edition contains data available to the Statistics Division as of 31 December 2012 and presents them in 65 tables on topics such as: agriculture, forestry and fishing; communication; development assistance; education; energy; environment; finance; gender; international merchandise trade; international tourism; labour force; manufacturing; national accounts; population; prices; and science and technology. The number of years of data shown in the tables varies from one to ten, with most tables covering the period up to 2010 or 2011. Accompanying the tables are technical notes providing brief descriptions of major statistical concepts, definitions and classifications.

Statistical Yearbook, Fifty-fifth issue
 
Series: S, No.31 
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B.12.XVII.1.H
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The Statistical Yearbook is an annual compilation of a wide range of international economic, social and environmental statistics on over 200 countries and areas, compiled from sources including UN agencies and other international, national and specialized organizations. The 55th edition contains data available to the Statistics Division as of 31 December 2011 and presents them in 60 tables on topics such as: agriculture, forestry and fishing; communication; development assistance; education; energy; environment; finance; gender; international merchandise trade; international tourism; labour force; manufacturing; national accounts; population; prices; and science and technology. The number of years of data shown in the tables varies from one to ten, with most tables covering the period up to 2009 or 2010. Accompanying the tables are technical notes providing brief descriptions of major statistical concepts, definitions and classifications.

Statistical Yearbook, Fifty-fourth issue
 
Series: S, No.30 
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E/F.10.XVII.1.H
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The Statistical Yearbook is an annual compilation of a wide range of international economic, social and environmental statistics on over 200 countries and areas, compiled from sources including UN agencies and other international, national and specialized organizations. The 54th edition contains data available to the Statistics Division as of 31 December 2010 and presents them in 70 tables on topics such as: agriculture, forestry and fishing; communication; development assistance; education; energy; environment; finance; gender; international merchandise trade; international tourism; labour force; manufacturing; national accounts; population; prices; science and technology; and transport. The number of years of data shown in the tables varies from one to ten, with most tables covering the period up to 2008 or 2009. Accompanying the tables are technical notes providing brief descriptions of major statistical concepts, definitions and classifications.

Statistical Yearbook, Forty-eighth issue, CD-ROM
 
Series: S, No.24/CD 
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E.04.XVII.13
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(or $269.00 for both CD-ROM and print publication) The United Nations Statistical Yearbook CD-ROM presents all the information included in the print version of the forty-eighth issue of the Statistical Yearbook plus all of the series' historical data for over 200 countries and areas of the world. A variety of subjects including population, education, literacy, health, nutrition and childbearing, culture and communication, national accounts, industrial production, finance, labour force, wages and prices, agriculture, forestry and fishing, manufacturing, transport, energy, environment, science and technology, intellectual property, international merchandise trade, international tourism, balance of payments, and development assistance are covered. In general, the data presented are those which were available as of mid-December of 2003, and whenever possible, cover the period from 1980 to 2001 or 2002. The Statistical Yearbook CD-ROM provides a user-friendly, browser-based interface to access the data and metadata in a variety of formats, including PDF, HTML, spreadsheet and CSV.

World Statistics Pocketbook, 2013 edition
 
Series: V, No.37 
Sales number:
E.13.XVII.4
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The World Statistics Pocketbook, 2013 edition is an annual compilation of key statistical indicators prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 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. This issue covers various years from 2005 to 2012. For the economic indicators, in general, three years - 2005, 2010 and 2011 - are shown; for the indicators in the social and environmental categories, data for one year are presented.

The topics covered include: agriculture, balance of payments, education, energy, environment, food, gender, health, industrial production, information and communication, international finance, international tourism, international trade, labour, migration, national accounts, population and prices. The technical notes contain brief descriptions of the concepts and methodologies used in the compilation of the indicators as well as information on the statistical sources for the indicators. Reference to primary sources of the data is provided for readers interested in longer time-series data or more detailed descriptions of the concepts or methodologies.

Note: The present World Statistics Pocketbook, 2013 edition (Series V, No. 37) is an update of the previous edition which was released in 2012 and entitled World Statistics Pocketbook 2011 (Series V, No. 36).

World Statistics Pocketbook 2011
 
Series: V, No.36 
Sales number:
E.12.XVII.4
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The World Statistics Pocketbook 2011 is the thirty-first in a series of annual compilations of key statistical indicators prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 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. This issue covers various years from 2000 to 2011. For the economic indicators, in general, three years - 2000, 2005 and 2010 - are shown; for the indicators in the social and environmental categories, data for one year are presented. The topics covered include: agriculture, balance of payments, education, energy, environment, food, gender, health, industrial production, information and communication, international finance, international tourism, international trade, labour, migration, national accounts, population and prices.

World Statistics Pocketbook 2010
 
Series: V, No.35 
Sales number:
E.11.XVII.4
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The World Statistics Pocketbook 2010 is the thirtieth in a series of annual compilations of key statistical indicators prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 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. This issue covers various years from 2000 to 2010. For the economic indicators, in general, three years - 2000, 2005 and 2009 - are shown; for the indicators in the social and environmental categories, data for one year are presented. The topics covered include: agriculture, balance of payments, education, energy, environment, food, gender, health, industrial production, information and communication, international finance, international tourism, international trade, labour, migration, national accounts, population and prices.


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