General Assembly Designates 20 October as WSD


3 June 2010 -- Acknowledging that the production of reliable, timely statistics and indicators of countries’ progress were indispensable for informed policy decisions and monitoring implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, the General Assembly decided to designate 20 October as World Statistics Day. Adopting by consensus a resolution on the matter (A/64/267), which was introduced by Ambassador Fuad Al-Hinai (Oman) and co-sponsored by 55 countries, the Assembly requested that the Secretary-General take the necessary steps for the United Nations to observe the Day, bring the text to the attention of Member States and United Nations organizations and report on its implementation to the Statistical Commission’s forty-second session. Further, the Assembly invited stakeholders from the UN system and civil society to observe the Day appropriately.

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