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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

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Climate change is a central challenge of sustainable development, and tackling it requires data and statistics from a whole range of domains; not only in the realm of climate and emissions measurements themselves, but data to measure drivers, impacts and adaptation efforts. Sound figures are essential for countries as they design environmental policies and track their effectiveness, to ensure they are making progress towards achieving the international sustainability goals to which they have committed.

Through our work on statistics related to the environment and climate change, UNECE helps countries to compile reliable, comparable statistics that capture all these aspects. The Conference of European Statisticians established a Steering Group to guide our work on climate change-related statistics. Annual expert forums bring together not only producers but also users of climate change-related statistics, helping statisticians to gather and respond to the needs of those who actually use the information. Our methodological work helps improve climate change-related statistics and indicators and to measure hazardous events and disasters.

National statistical offices play an essential and increasing role in national climate change information systems. UNECE efforts are helping to give this area a more prominent place in the agendas and budgets of official statistics, with the goal of making official statistics better serve the needs of climate change analysis and policy.


  • Our Dashboard for SDGs is now available in Russian, broadening the spectrum of constituents from across the region who can now access it with ease. The dashboard, launched in English in 2020, brings together available data for the 56 UNECE member States to provide a regional perspective on the global indicators. With data for regionally-relevant indicators across all 17 goals, users can see snapshots of progress over time; view differences between women and men; create graphs and maps; compare countries; access definitions and explanations; and download full datasets for more in-depth analysis.
  • The UNECE Census wiki shows key facts about the 2020 round of population and housing censuses in UNECE countries, including the type of census, date and whether census has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as links to further information.
  • Our platform on Covid-19 and official statistics guides statistical producers to existing and newly-developed resources from UNECE and partners to support the continued production of official statistics and to meet the emerging and rapidly changing demands for statistics. It offers a space for national statistical offices and international organizations to share experiences and developments to safeguard statistical production in the face of the current crisis.