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The UNECE Conference of European Statisticians (CES) has been involved in setting statistical norms and standards since the Conference was established. Its main objective is to improve official statistics and their comparability, promote close coordination of international statistical activities, respond to any emerging needs for international statistical cooperation, and develop and adopt statistical standards in the UNECE region. The work builds on the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, a standard that was first adopted by UNECE in 1992, and globally by the UN Statistical Commission in 1994. UNECE also plays an important role in involving its member countries in the development and dissemination of standards together with other international institutions, including OECD and the specialized United Nations agencies. Moreover, UNECE is increasingly involved in ensuring coordination between the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) and countries outside the EU in developing, setting and applying standards.

The CES has enhanced its role as the principal forum for the coordination of official statistical work throughout Europe and North America. One of the main coordination tools is the Database of International Statistical Activities (DISA). The Database includes information about the statistical work carried out by over 30 international organizations active in the UNECE region, including Eurostat, OECD, UN Statistical Division, CIS Statistics Committee, FAO, ILO, IMF, WHO, WTO, World Bank, UNESCO and others. UNECE has been maintaining this information tool since 1993. For the last few years it is available on the Internet (

Statistical Standards, Classifications and Recommendations Adopted by the Conference of European Statisticians (CES)

The following are the most recent international standards that have been developed and approved by the CES:

    1. Principles and framework for an international classification of crimes for statistical purposes (adopted by CES in 2012)

    2. Analysis of international migration estimates using different length of stay definitions (adopted by CES in 2012)

    3. Guide on the Impact of Globalization on National Accounts (adopted by CES in 2011)

    4. An update of the Canberra Group Handbook on Measuring Household Income (adopted by CES in 2011)

    5. Developing gender statistics:a practical tool (adopted by CES in 2010)

    6. Measurement of different emerging forms of households and families (adopted by CES in 2010)

    7. Potential indicators for measurement of quality of employment (adopted by CES in 2010)

    8. Principles on confidentiality and privacy aspects of statistical data integration (adopted by CES in 2009)

    9. Guidelines on the use and dissemination of data on international immigration to facilitate their use to improve emigration data of sending countries (adopted by CES in 2009)

    10. Population and housing censuses: Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing (UNECE recommendations were also drawn up for the 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 rounds of censuses) (adopted by CES in 2006, prepared jointly with EU)

    11. Statistical Dissemination: Managing Statistical Confidentiality and Microdata Access. Principles and Guidelines of Good Practice (adopted by CES in 2006)

    12. Agriculture statistics: The Wye Group Handbook - Rural Households' Livelihood and Well-Being (adopted by CES in 2006)

    13. Transport statistics: Revision of Classification Systems Used in Transport Statistics (NST 2000) (adopted by CES in 2006)

    14. Information technology: Statistical Data Editing. Volume 3. Impact on data quality (adopted by CES in 2006)

    15. Information technology: Common Metadata Framework (Part A adopted by CES in 2006)

    16. Statistical dissemination: Making Data Meaningful: A Guide to Writing Stories About Numbers (adopted by CES in 2005)

    17. Economic statistics: Consumer price index manual. Theory and practice (adopted by CES in 2004, prepared jointly with ILO, IMF, OECD, Eurostat and the World Bank)

    18. Statistical dissemination: Communicating with the Media: a Guide for Statistical Organizations (adopted by CES in 2004)

    19. Information technology: Recommendations on Formats Relevant to the Downloading of Statistical Data from the Internet (adopted by CES in 2001)

    20. Information technology: Glossary of terms on statistical data editing (adopted by CES in 2000)

    21. Information technology: Guidelines for Statistical Metadata on the Internet (adopted by CES in 2000)

    22. Information technology: Terminology on Statistical Metadata (adopted by CES in 2000)

    23. Information technology: Information Systems Architecture for National and International Statistical Offices (adopted by CES in 1999)

    24. General: Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (adopted by CES in 1991, by UNECE in 1992 and by the UN Statistical Commission in 1994)


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