17 August 2020 - The Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the World Bank's Development Data Group, in coordination with the five UN regional commissions, just released the results of the second round of a global online survey to monitor the impact of the coronavirus crisis on National Statistical Offices (NSOs). The survey provides key information to help identify areas that require priority support from partners and develop plans for longer term interventions. Read more.
5 June 2020 - The Statistics Division, in partnership with World Bank's Development Data Group and in coordination with the UN Regional Commissions, launched a report on highlights from a global COVID -19 survey of National Statistical Offices, conducted between 5 and 17 May 2020 with the participation of 122 National Statistical Offices. This report presents information on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operation of NSOs, their responses, and the ensuing needs of financial and technical support. Read more.
As part of the UN COVID-19 response the Statistics Division in partnership with Esri has launched UN COVID-19 Data Hub through the use of web GIS technologies for sharing available data and web services in an open and interoperable environment, linking to a federated network of national and global COVID-19 data hubs.
A new report published by the Committee of Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individual incomes and employment, well-being of women and children, levels of violence, access to public services, and more. The report is available here .
Stakeholders from across the global statistical community are ready to support national statistical offices in addressing multiple challenges of the current crisis. As part of this efforts, UNSD is collaborating with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and Open Data Watch, launching a website to share guidance, best practices, information resources and tools to help statistical organizations function during an emergency situation in which most of their staff is suddenly unable to work on-site.
Data4 Now Initiative
A new global effort to close the gap on data for development was launched on 25 September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly by the Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. The United Nations Statistics Division, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, The World Bank and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network/TRENDS are the operating partners of the Data 4 Now Initiative which will match the countries' data priorities with partners who bring innovative solutions to address the data needs. "Through this initiative, we can blaze a trail of success, by working together to unlock data, protect people's privacy and to fight for inclusion. We must make sure data-or lack of data-does not reinforce disadvantage," she said. The full speech is available at: https://t.co/vwWPC562Rp
9 July 2019 - The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 reviews progress in the fourth year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report uses the latest available data to track global progress of the 17 goals with infographics, and presents an in-depth analysis of selected indicators for each goal. It highlights challenges and identifies many areas that need urgent collective attention to realize the 2030 Agenda's far reaching vision. Regional and/or subregional analyses are presented to the extent possible. Follow the launch live on 9 July at 12pm ET via webtv.un.org
3 September 2019 - In the inaugural Chronicle Conversation, the Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, Stefan Schweinfest, explains how better data can lead to better lives, and introduces the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019.
Stefan Schweinfest, UN Director of the Statistics Division (UNSD/DESA), was the guest on the Stats+Stories podcast (7 March 2019).
20 June 2018 - The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 reviews progress in the third year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda presenting an overview with charts and infographics of highlights of the 17 Goals, followed by chapters that focus in more depth on the Goals under review at the high-level political forum in July 2018. Follow the launch live on 20 June at 11am ET via webtv.un.org
20 June 2018 - The Global SDG database containing updated data on the official SDG indicators has been released in June 2018. Data were compiled though the UN System and other international organisations in preparation for the Secretary-General's annual report on the "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals" (E/2018/64), its accompanying Statistical Annex and SDG Report 2018. The metadata repository containing the latest reference metadata information for the available indicator data has also been updated.
For detail information, visit the Global Database and metadata repository pages.
Looking for a career in the UN? Passionate about data? UN Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is accepting applications until 9 August 2018! For general information on the programme please visit here. Specific information on "statistics" (including eligibility criteria) see here.
As part of the Federated Information Systems for the SDGs initiatives presented at the 49th Session of the UN Statistical Commission, the Statistics Division has launched an Open SDG Data Hub to promote the exploration, analysis, and use of authoritative SDG data sources for evidence-based decision-making and reviews.
17 July 2017 - The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017 reviews progress made towards the 17 Goals in the second year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda, supported by multiple charts and infographics.
New York, 29 September 2016 - The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
New York, 19 July 2016 - The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 presents an overview of where the world stands relative to the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda, supported by multiple charts and infographics. This report follows the recently published report of the United Nations Secretary-General on "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals" (E/2016/75), both of which are based on the proposed global indicator framework that was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed, as a practical starting point, by the UN Statistical Commission in March this year.
New York, 30 June 2016 - The report of the United Nations Secretary-General on "Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals" (E/2016/75) presents the first overview of the current global situation relative to the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda, on the basis of the proposed global indicator framework that was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed, as a practical starting point, by the UN Statistical Commission in March this year.
New York, 1 June 2016 - The chair of the Statistical Commission, Ms. Wasmalia Bivar of Brazil, addressed the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 1 June during its Coordination and Management Meeting. Ms. Bivar, who provided her briefing by videolink, informed the Council that the Statistical Commission at its last session in March had agreed â€œas a practical starting pointâ€ on a global indicator framework, which had been developed by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). She also informed the Council of the recent work of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the plans for a first UN World Data Forum to be held in Capetown, South Africa, in January 2017.
New York, 12 April 2016 - The chair of the Statistical Commission, Ms. Wasmalia Bivar of Brazil, addressed the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) on 12 April during its 49th session. Ms. Bivar provided her briefing by videolink. Ms. Bivar informed CPD that the Statistical Commission at its last session in March had agreed "as a practical starting point" on a global indicator framework, which had been developed by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). She also assured CPD delegates of the Statistical Commission's intention to use all its capacity to ensure full implementation of the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme. Ms. Bivar called upon CPD to continue the close cooperation of the two sister Commissions to support of the of the implementation the 2030 Agenda.
On Friday, 11 March 2016, the United Nations Statistical Commission agreed on a global indicator framework for monitoring progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, which includes 230 global indicators proposed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG indicators (IAEG-SDGs) (see press release). It is a robust framework intended for follow-up and review of progress at the global level towards achieving the 17 SDGs. The IAEG-SDGs will continue its technical work to review and refine the indicators as needed, and to further develop the necessary methodologies.
A new feature article in the March issue of UN DESA Voice newsletter highlights the upcoming session of the Statistical Commission and the work of the IAEG-SDG on the development of a global SDG indicator framework.
The World's Women 2015: Trends and Statistics has been launched on the World Statistics Day 2015 at UN Headquarters
The World's Women 2015: Trends and Statistics is the sixth edition in a series of reports produced by the United Nations Statistics Division. The report is produced every five years as called for specifically in the Beijing Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The eight chapters of the report cover several critical areas of policy concerns identified in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action: population and families; health; education; work; power and decision-making; violence against women; environment; and poverty. In each area, a life-cycle approach is used to reveal the experiences of women and men during different periods of life-from childhood and the formative years, through the working and reproductive stages, to older ages.
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 was launched in Oslo, Norway by the Secretary-General on 6 July 2015. The report provides a final assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs since their endorsement in 2000. It shows that significant progress has been made across all goals and that the global efforts to achieve the MDGs have saved the lives of millions and improved conditions for many more around the world. The report also acknowledges uneven progress and shortfalls in many areas, which need to be addressed in the new universal and transformative post-2015 development agenda.
United Nations Economic and Social Council adopted resolution on the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme
On 10 June 2015, the United Nations Economic and Social Council adopted a resolution entitled "2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme". With this resolution, the Council urges Member States to conduct at least one population and housing census in the decade spanning from 2015-2024, and underscores the need for countries to implement internationally adopted quality standards for their conduct.