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The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), under the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), serves as the central mechanism within the Secretariat of the United Nations to supply the statistical needs and coordinate activities of the global statistical system. The Division is overseen by the United Nations Statistical Commission, established in 1947, as the apex entity of the global statistical method and the highest decision-making body for coordinating international statistical activities. It brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world.

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UNSD is cooperating with many international, regional, and supranational agencies to work on statistical standards, data collection, and capacity building, including energy statistics.

UNSD Overview

Here in this section, we provide a short overview of UNSD (United Nations Statistics Division). Let’s have a look.

UNSDUnited Nations Statistics Division
HeadquartersNew York, United States
Parent organizationUnited Nations
HeadStefan Schweinfest
Official languagesArabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish

UNSD Work and projects

UNSD works in more than 140 countries on five continents concentrating on six areas:

  1. Coordination
  2. Development Indicators
  3. Economy
  4. Environment
  5. Geospatial Information
  6. Population and Society

UNSD Work Programme

  • Statistical Classifications
  • Big data for official statistics
  • Development indicators
  • Geospatial Information
  • Demographic and Social Statistics
  • Gender Statistics
  • Industry Statistics
  • Trade Statistics
  • Tourism Statistics
  • National Accounts
  • Energy Statistics
  • Environment Statistics
  • Environmental-Economic Accounting

UNSD Function

The mandate and substantive focus of UNSD translate into seven core functions:

  • Provides a global centre for data on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment and demographic and social statistics gathered from national and international sources
  • Promotes international standards of methods, classifications and definitions used by national agencies
  • Assists Member States, at their request, to improve their statistical services by giving advice and training
  • Coordinates international statistical programmes and activities entrusted to the Division by the United Nations Statistical Commission and the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)
  • Provides input and secretarial support to the United Nations Statistical Commission
  • Facilitates the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, acting as Secretariat of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG indicators and maintaining the global SDG indicators database
  • Promotes modern surveying and mapping techniques as a tool for growth and development

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Q. What is the full form of UNSD?

Ans. The full form of the United Nations Statistics Division.

Q. Who is the head of UNSD?

Ans. Stefan Schweinfest.

Q. When and where UNSD was established?

Ans. UNSD was established in 1947.

Q. Does UNSD pay interns?

Ans. UNSD internship is unpaid.

Q. Where is the headquarters of UNSD?

Ans. United Nations Statistics Division headquarters in the New York, United States.

Q. What does the UNSD do?

Ans. The UNSD is responsible for compiling and disseminating global statistical information, developing standards and norms for statistical activities, and supporting countries’ efforts to strengthen the statistical systems.

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