The Expert Group was established to ensure harmonization and convergence among the classifications in the International Family of International Statistical Classifications. It examines the status of the work on international classifications, make recommendations concerning future directions to the United Nations Statistical Commission, and serves as the central coordinating body in the work on international classifications. It agrees on strategies for updating and revising classifications and reviews the underlying principles as well as practical proposals to bring about convergence of existing classifications. It is composed of members from international organizations - custodians and major users of international classifications, as well as representatives from developed and developing countries and regional agencies.
The name of the Expert Group was changed from "economic and social classifications" to "statistical classification" to reflect its broader scope of work.
Updated mandate of the Expert Group (endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission in 2012)
The Expert Group has currently two active Technical Subgroups. At its meeting in 2013 the Expert Group created the two subgroups to work on specific aspects related to the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Rev.4 and the Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP). The Terms of reference for both subgroups are shown below.
The Expert Group is meeting in a two-year cycle to review progress made on classifications developments and revisions, assess current implementations and set priorities for future classifications work.
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.