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World Statistics Day
20 October

Decision 41/109

World Statistics Day **

The Statistical Commission:

(a) Warmly welcomed the report of the Secretary-General on World Statistics Day 7;

(b) Endorsed 20 October 2010 as the date for the first World Statistics Day;

(c) Endorsed the general theme of “Celebrating the many achievements of official statistics” and the core values of service, integrity and professionalism, while recognizing that each country may develop its own national theme, taking into account national priorities and circumstances;

(d) Requested the Secretary-General to communicate with all heads of Government, conveying a message regarding the importance of official statistics, emphasizing the need for national Governments to provide sufficient support to the national statistical systems and requesting Member States to observe World Statistics Day;

(e) Urged all Member States to observe World Statistics Day and to organize related activities not only in cooperation with all institutes of the national statistical systems, but also with researchers, academia, media and other users of statistics;

(f) Requested the United Nations Statistics Division to prepare a repository and resource kit on World Statistics Day celebrations and activities and to make it available on a designated website;

(g) Took note with appreciation of the initiatives that have been planned in observance of World Statistics Day at the regional and international levels;

h) Requested the United Nations Statistics Division to report back to the Commission at its forty-second session on the experiences related to World Statistics Day 2010 in order to discuss the periodicity of the event.


Report of the Statistical Commission on the forty-first session (23 to 26 February 2010)


**For the discussion, see chap. II, sect. I.

7 E/CN.3/2010/12.