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System of National Accounts 2008 - 2008 SNA

About the 2008 SNA

The System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) is the latest version of the international statistical standard for the national accounts, adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC).

The 2008 SNA is an update of the System of National Accounts, 1993 (1993 SNA). The update was in 2003 entrusted to the Intersecretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) to address issues brought about by changes in the economic environment, advances in methodological research and the needs of users.

The first seventeen chapters of the 2008 SNA comprising the accounting rules, the accounts and tables, and their integration were adopted by the UNSC in 2008; chapters 18 to 29, comprising the interpretations and extensions of the accounts and tables of the System, were adopted by the UNSC in 2009.

The 2008 SNA is the result of a process that was notable for its transparency and the wide involvement of the international statistical community, both of which were made possible by the innovative use of the project's website Towards 2008 SNA as a communication tool. In its adoption of the 2008 SNA the UNSC encouraged Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations to implement its recommendations and use it for the national and international reporting of national accounts statistics.

Being a conceptual framework, the 2008 SNA does not attempt to provide comprehensive compilation guidance on how to make estimates nor is it descriptive in setting priorities which accounts and tables should be implemented or expresses norms on the frequency and format of their presentation. For practical compilation guidance, international agencies have developed separate handbooks like the handbooks of national accounting prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division.

A number of research issues have emerged during the update of the 1993 SNA, but where more extensive consideration is needed than what was possible in the course of the update process. These issues are listed in Annex 4 of the 2008. More information on these and emerging research issues and recommendations on the outcome of the research can be found at under the Research agenda.

The System of National Accounts 2008
English
Printed version of the System of National Accounts 2008 - Order
System of National Accounts 2008 in searchable PDF format
 
عربي (Arabic)
Preliminary version of the System of National Accounts 2008
 
中文 (Chinese)
System of National Accounts 2008 in searchable PDF format
 
Français (French)
Système de comptabilité nationale 2008
Tableaux du SCN 2008
 
Русский (Russian)
System of National Accounts 2008 in searchable PDF format
 
Español (Spanish)
Sistema de Cuentas Nacionales 2008
 
Macedonian
System of National Accounts 2008
 
Indonesian
System of National Accounts 2008
 
The sequence of accounts
Excel version of Annex 2 of the 2008 SNA

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