How does the United Nations collect statistical data?
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Statistics published in United Nations resources may come from a variety of sources. Various UN bodies may be involved in determining the indicators and methodology to be used.
The UN Statistical Division website includes a section on the Principles governing international statistical activities.
UNdata and other UN statistical publications include a section on the indicators collected and the methodology used. In UNdata, the metadata section lists sources and links to the responsible UN division, department or agency.
The United Nations Statistical Commission is the "highest decision making body for international statistical activities especially the setting of statistical standards, the development of concepts and methods and their implementation at the national and international level." The Commission reports to the Economic and Social Council.
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