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A new project, bringing together three UN statistical offices, is helping countries to produce and use new statistics to measure the connections between gender and trade.Trade in goods and services is the engine of economic activity, and measuring this trade has for a long time been a cornerstone
The Consumer Price Index Manual, developed by an Intersecretariat Working Group including UNECE, assists countries in producing indices that follow international standardsOn behalf of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Price Statistics, of which UNECE is a member, IMF has released the Consumer
Many economic phenomena are influenced by the changing of the seasons. This can be due simply to the weather—more fuel for heating is used in the winter, more is spent on cooling buildings and cold refreshments in the summer, for example—or it can be due to the cycles of business and of societies
From the very beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, it has been clear that there is a gender dimension to its
UNECE statistical modernization programme supports countries’ response to data collection challenges A virtual UNECE workshop concludes today in which experts on surveys, censuses and alternative data collection methods have revealed their brand-new learning about the best ways to maintain core
A series of UNECE webinars has fuelled the global research agenda to shape the 2025 update of the System of National Accounts, the internationally-agreed framework for producing and disseminating information about economic performance.The System of National Accounts, or SNA, is a comprehensive
On 23 June the statistical and geospatial communities will join forces in the UNECE region with the first ever joint session of the Conference of European Statisticians
Ending poverty is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. And as with all the goals and targets, decision-makers depend on accurate statistics on poverty to know how we are doing, how far we still have to go, whether policies are working, and how countries and groups compare
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has the principle of ‘leaving no-one behind’ at its core. Efforts to improve social, economic and environmental conditions should focus first on those most in need. This calls, of course, for data and statistics to be disaggregated along many dimensions
UNECE’s Recommendations for Measuring Intra-household Power and Decision-making, soon to be opened for consultation among all the member countries of the UNECE-led Conference of European Statisticians, are already impacting the way statistics on gender equality are produced in Colombia.At a
The potential of ‘Big Data’ to enable faster, cheaper production of official statistics has for years been a hot topic among statistical offices.UNECE has been at the forefront in guiding countries through the many challenges—data quality, processing techniques, analytical capacity, access and
Having the full picture is crucial for effective action to end violence against women. Yet today, efforts to address this critical sustainable development and human rights challenge remain severely hampered by lack of data.Violence against women is both a cause and a consequence of gender
Economic statistics are probably the first thing that comes to mind when people think of official statistics. The production of economic statistics is so central to the work of national statistical offices, and so essential for the operation of governments, businesses and societies, that it might
Our climate is changing fast. What can be done to reduce these changes, to minimize their impacts, and to make societies, economies and ecosystems more resilient is increasingly at the core of national and international political debate.But to be effective, policy frameworks and plans for
Countries across the UNECE region, and all over the world, will soon conduct censuses of all the people and homes within their borders – an exercise that most countries undertake once every ten years, the next ones being in or near to 2020. These censuses are vital for informing all kinds of
Education is essential to achieving gender equality. From the earliest schooling to the highest levels of post-graduate study, education influences the opportunities that can shape people’s lives. This is why education and training of women is one of the 12 critical areas of concern in the
Tackling inequality between women and men in the sharing of power and decision-making at all levels is essential to strengthen democracy and achieve peace and sustainable development. Back in 1995, this was identified as one of twelve critical areas of concern in the landmark Beijing Platform For
Innovation is great, but it is even more powerful when it is shared. That is the premise of a new venture by UNECE: an “Innovation Lab”, taking place on the margins of the World Statistics Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later this month.As in all fields and industries, innovation in official
The world is full of data. There are new, large data sources, such as smartphone records, social media usage, store purchase information from barcode scanners, satellite images. Other sources of data have been around for a long time: hospital records, vehicle registrations, border crossings,
Gender equality is taking an increasingly visible place at the heart of national and international development policymaking. As it becomes ever more clear that effective, sustainable development depends on a genuine inclusion of gender concerns in all areas, policymakers are finding that they
A consumer price index, or CPI, is a statistical indication of how much money people would need to spend to maintain the same level of consumption over time. It compares the prices of goods and services on which a typical household spends money—such as food, transport, clothing, health care and
No one left behind – this is the fundamental promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and one of its most important commitments at all political levels: international, national and local. To make good on this promise we need data to show us how different groups in society are doing
Businesses have gone increasingly global. Their value chains are often supported by subcontractors from all over the world. The production process is a giant global jigsaw puzzle with all the pieces slotting together only in the final assembly line. The impact of this globalization of business
“We pledge that no one will be left behind” — this is what countries declared when adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They vowed to reach the furthest behind first.Members of minority groups are often disadvantaged and discriminated against; in short, they are often the