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Title: United Nations Statistics Division UNSD Department of Economic and Social Affairs DESA


1
United Nations Statistics Division - UNSD
Department of Economic and Social Affairs - DESA
Mr. Stefan Schweinfest Chief Statistical Services
Branch 29 September 2006
2
Mission of UNSD
  • Development of statistical standards and methods
  • Data collection, analysis and communication
  • Technical cooperation
  • Coordination of global statistical activities

3
Statistical standards and methods
  • To develop and promote global statistical
    standards in the measurement of economic
    performance, social progress and environmental
    change
  • International trade
  • Distributive trade statistics ? Economic census
    and survey ? Business register
  • National accounts
  • Updating the 1993 SNA? Handbooks on National
    Accounts
  • Environment statistics
  • Framework for Environment Statistics ? System of
    integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting
  • Demographic and social statistics
  • Population and housing censuses ? Vital
    statistics and civil registration ? Fertility,
    mortality and international migration ?
    Disability ? Gender ? Economic characteristics
  • MDGs indicators and sources
  • Geographical information
  • Classifications
  • International Classifications of products ?
    Economic activities and functions

4
Data collection, analysis and communication
  • To collect, analyse and disseminate social,
    economic, political and environment statistical
    data at country, regional and global level
  • Various data collection systems and databases
    -partly available online
  • UN Common Database
  • UN Comtrade
  • System of National Accounts
  • Energy Statistics Database
  • Industry Statistics Database
  • Demographic Yearbook Database
  • MDGs Database
  • Monthly Bulletin of Statistics

5
Technical cooperation
  • To assist Member States to establish a
    functioning statistical system which serves as
    foundation to an effective global statistical
    system
  • Building strong national statistical systems in
    developing countries with country projects and
    training workshops, etc.
  • Knowledge transfer of methodological development
    and best practices
  • Support of good statistical governance

6
Coordination of global statistical activities
  • To coordinate and promote global statistical
    activities and enhance the functioning of the UN
    Statistical Commission as apex entity
  • Statistical commission since 1946
  • 24 member countries - four from Latin American
    and Caribbean States
  • Promoting development of national statistics and
    improvement of comparability
  • Coordination of statistical work of specialized
    agencies
  • Development of statistical services of the UN
    secretariat
  • Advising UN system on statistical matters
  • Promoting improvement of statistics and
    statistical methods
  • Committee for the Coordination of Statistical
    Activities (CCSA)
  • Promoting coordination, integration and
    complementarity among statistical programmes
  • Achieving an integrated system in the collection,
    processing and dissemination of statistics
  • Fostering good practices for statistical
    activities

7
Publication programme 2005
  • Four major publications on statistical standards
    and methods
  • 14 statistical yearbooks and compendiums
  • Monthly Bulletin of Statistics
  • Statistics Division Web site offering
    publications, methodology and data

8
UNSD and Latin America and the Caribbean I
  • Close cooperation with the Conference of
    Statisticians of the Americas and the ECLAC
    Statistics Programme
  • CARICOM-Project
  • Strengthening compilation capacity of statistics
    and indicators for UN conferences
  • Key areas
  • Information technology
  • Environment statistics
  • Social and gender statistics

9
UNSD and Latin America and the Caribbean II
  • Workshops organized in 2005
  • 1993 System of National Accounts Update
  • International Trade in Services
  • International Economic and Social Classifications
  • Poverty statistics
  • Events financially supported in 2005/06
  • Third Seminar on Alternative Methods for Censuses
  • FEL to Latin American Conference on Environment
    Information for Decision-Making
  • 5th Annual Meeting of the Washington Group

10
United Nations Statistics Division on the web
Further information is available
at http//unstats.un.org/
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