Statistics and monitoring

The global policy challenges brought upon by the food, financial and energy crisis and global environmental problems highlight the importance of having timely, consistent and relevant data at all levels. The statisticians’ work has become far more important than ever before: to produce high quality and globally comparable statistical information that requires increased collaborative efforts in methodological development, capacity building and international cooperation.

DESA’s Statistics Division is working with international organizations and countries to identify and remedy data gaps as the unprecedented turmoil caused by the global economic and financial crisis warrants swift and coordinated statistical initiatives in the immediate future.

The division is engaged in methodological development in a number of areas.

DESA focus areas