The Statistical Yearbook provides in a single volume a comprehensive compilation of internationally available statistics on social and economic conditions and activities, at world, regional and national levels, for an appropriate historical period. It is prepared by the Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, of the United Nations Secretariat.
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Most of the statistics presented in the Yearbook are extracted from more detailed, specialized databases prepared by the Statistics Division and by many other international statistical services.
While the specialized databases concentrate on monitoring topics and trends in particular social, economic and environmental fields, the Statistical Yearbook tables aim to provide data for a more comprehensive, overall description of social, economic and environmental structures, conditions, changes and activities.
The objective has been to collect, systematize, coordinate and present in a consistent way the most essential components of comparable statistical information which can give a broad picture of social, economic and environmental processes.
The content of the Statistical Yearbook is oriented to serve a general readership.
The Yearbook endeavours to provide information for various bodies of the United Nations system as well as for other international organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, national statistical, economic and social policy bodies, scientific and educational institutions, libraries and the public.
Data published in the Statistical Yearbook may also be of interest to companies and enterprises and to agencies engaged in market research.