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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 promote efficiencies and innovative ways to tackle persistent and emerging challenges in official statistics.

Our work on statistics has lasting impact and global reach.



In focus

Exploring European inland water freight with maps

Inland waterways provide a low-cost, low-carbon, safe transport option for freight movements in many key European corridors, taking lorries off the road network.

The second in our new series of data stories combines data and maps to visualize transport volumes on rivers and canals, helping to translate data and statistics into policy-relevant messages.

Our first data story, on road safety in the UNECE region, marked the launch of a new interactive approach to presenting the data contained in the UNECE data portal.

In these times of growing inequalities, poverty is unquestionably one of the core challenges to achieving sustainable and just development. Yet, while the call to ‘leave no-one behind’ echoes all around us, the practicalities of measuring and understanding poverty make this easier said than done. The most vulnerable or disadvantaged groups remain the hardest to identify or capture in statistics, whether produced through surveys or using novel sources, from which they may be systematically excluded. Our Guide on Poverty Measurement and Poverty Measurement: Guide to Data Disaggregation support countries to produce high-quality and detailed poverty statistics, while annual meetings of our Group of Experts on Measuring Poverty and Inequality, organized by a Steering Group of international experts, provide a platform to examine emerging challenges and cutting-edge techniques for improving statistics on poverty, inequality and well-being. The 2022 expert meeting, which will take place on 8-9 December, will explore a range of topics including the data requirements for understanding poverty as a multidimensional and multi-layered concept; subjective experiences of poverty; and working with alternative data sources to meet increasing demand for rapid information about fast-changing situations affecting the lives of the vulnerable, such as conflict, the pandemic, rising housing and energy costs, and climate change.


  • On 15 November the global population reached 8 billion, while in the UNECE region there are around 1.3 billion people. Our Executive Secretary reflected on this milestone, recalling that numbers aren’t everything, but population data are essential.
  • Throughout 2022 we have been marking 30 years since the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics were first developed and adopted at UNECE. Our #FPOS30 microsite explains what each principle really means and why it matters.
  • Statistics and data need to be understood and used if they are to provide evidence to drive action. Our first data story combines data, visualization and narrative to explore what the figures say about road safety in the UNECE region.

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