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We support national statistical systems to meet the data needs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through 

  • methodological guidance
  • modernization of statistics
  • capacity development.

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.


  • The constantly evolving and often sensitive landscape of gender and gender identity brings with it a need to respond with appropriate statistical measures. The latest issue of our Working Paper Series, written by a team from Statistics Canada and the United Kingdom's Office for National statistics for an in-depth review by the Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians, explores current practices, challenges and possible solutions and provides the basis for future internationally-coordinated work on measuring gender identity.
  • The Group of Experts on National Accounts held its annual meetings on 9-12 April in Geneva. A special seminar shone the spotlight on the key role of large cases units – dedicated units within national statistical offices specializing in communicating with large multinationals – for measuring global production.