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Statistics

Introduction

We focus on raising UNECE countries’ capacity in official statistics by helping national statistical offices and other stakeholders to coordinate their work and fill statistical gaps. Our work aims to address the increasing demand for high quality and comparable data among countries. 

By bringing together experts from across the statistical community, we look for common efficiencies and innovative ways to tackle persistent and emerging challenges in official statistics.

Key areas of work

In focus

Sharing data between the many entities that produce the data and those who turn them into statistics is becoming ever more important in today’s world. It’s no longer possible to correctly measure global production and trade, for example, without information about the global activities of multinational enterprise groups—and to get this information, data must be shared beyond national borders. UNECE, other international organizations, national statistical offices and central banks are together developing ways to share data across countries to improve economic statistics, reduce the response burden on businesses, and enable effective economic policymaking. The UNECE Task Force on Exchange and Sharing of Economic Data is working to define what data should be shared among statisticians, and how, to ensure the quality of GDP and other key economic statistics. The Task Force focuses on establishing safeguards, secure environments and clear legislation for data to be exchanged. It is devising mechanisms to ensure that such exchange is exclusively for statistical purposes, and that strict confidentiality is maintained. Meanwhile, the latest guidance on migration statistics also emphasizes the crucial importance of data sharing for producing accurate statistics on international migrant flows.

Highlights

  • The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) is a framework that combines economic and environmental statistics to show the relationship between them, permitting monitoring and informed policymaking about environmental conditions and economic responses. On 21-21 February a joint UNECE-OECD seminar will explore key topics in the implementation of the SEEA: water accounting, environmental taxes and subsidies, experimental ecosystem accounting. The seminar will address policy applications, communication strategies and technical implementation.