UN Agencies Launch New Statistics on Women, ICT, Trade and Labour


21 October 2010 – A good way to draw public attention on the importance and usefulness of official statistics was to launch brand-new statistical materials in the context of World Statistics Day (WSD).


The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics , launched on 20 October at the Shanghai World Expo (with China), in Bangkok (with ESCAP ) and at UN Headquarters, provide the latest data documenting progress for women worldwide in eight key areas: population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty. This report mandated by the 1995 Beijing Conference is produced every five years by the UN Statistics Division.


To mark WSD, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published on 19 October the report The World in 2010: ICT facts and figures which reveals that the number of Internet users worldwide doubled in the past five years and will surpass the two billion mark in 2010.


The Department of Statistics of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched on WSD a new statistics database containing timely information on the labour market and consumer prices aimed at providing vital information needed by policy-makers faced with a global economic and social crisis.


UNCTADstat, a new online database offering a single entry point to UNCTAD's repository of statistics, was also launched on WSD. By harmonizing and incorporating all UNCTAD’s online statistical databases, UNCTADstat will serve as an integrated platform for extracting and analyzing data on development, trade, investment, and related issues.


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