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Statistics

Introduction

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

On 26-28 June, the 67th Plenary Session of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) will bring together CES members, including chief statisticians from as far afield as Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Mongolia and the Philippines.

New guidelines and recommendations produced by CES expert groups will be presented to the Conference for endorsement: on satellite accounts for education and training; measuring hazardous events and disasters; leading, composite and sentiment indicators; measuring older populations in institutions; and a strategic communication framework for national statistical offices.

Members of the Conference will explore scenarios for the future of official statistics in a world where we are increasingly bombarded with all kinds of data, produced at high speed and from all kinds of sources. Seminars on 'the emerging role of national statistical offices as offices for statistics and data', and on 'new data sources: accessibility and use' will give CES members the chance to reflect on how official statistics fits into this web of sources, products and purposes.

Highlights

  • Producers of statistics are becoming increasingly aware that simply making statistics and publishing tables and datasets is not enough. The Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics make clear that promoting awareness, understanding and use is also part of their duty. With this in mind, the UNECE Workshop on Statistical Data Dissemination and Communication, taking place in Poland on 12-14 June, will explore cutting-edge ideas, new trends, experiments and innovative approaches for communicating statistics. Two key areas of focus will be tailoring communication to different audiences, and branding of national official statistics.
  • In a workshop on 'Data Integration: Realising the Potential of Statistical and Geospatial Data' held in Belgrade in May, experts from the statistical and geospatial communities joined forces to share the results of current projects and formulate ideas for ways to collaborate. Combining statistical and geospatial data holds great promise in many areas of statistics and at all stages of the statistical production process - providing new data sources for SDG statistics, making sampling more efficient, and adding a spatial dimension to dissemination, such as maps showing how SDG indicators vary across different parts of a country.