Welcome to UNSD

About Us

The United Nations Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system. We compile and disseminate global statistical information, develop standards and norms for statistical activities, and support countries' efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems. We facilitate the coordination of international statistical activities and support the functioning of the United Nations Statistical Commission as the apex entity of the global statistical system.

Functions

The Statistics Division's main functions are:

Data

Collection, processing and dissemination of statistical information

Methodology

Standardization of statistical methods, classifications and definitions

Capacity Development

Technical cooperation programme

Coordination

Coordination of international statistical programmes and activities


To carry out its functions, the Statistics Division:

  • Provides a global centre for data on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment and demographic and social statistics gathered from national and international sources
  • Promotes international standards of methods, classifications and definitions used by national agencies
  • Assists Member States, at their request, to improve their statistical services by giving advice and training
  • Coordinates international statistical programmes and activities entrusted to the Division by the United Nations Statistical Commission and the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)
  • Provides input and secretarial support to the United Nations Statistical Commission
  • Facilitates the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, acting as Secretariat of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG indicators and maintaining the global SDG indicators database
  • Promotes modern surveying and mapping techniques as a tool for growth and development

The Division regularly publishes data updates, including the Statistical Yearbook and World Statistics Pocketbook, and books and reports on statistics and statistical methods. The Division's databases are also available on this site.

Featured Databases

UN Comtrade

UN Data