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Technical cooperation builds statistical capacity

Coherent, reliable and internationally comparable statistics are crucial for monitoring the social, economic and environmental progress of a country. UNECE technical cooperation strengthens countries' national capacity to effectively implement international standards and good practices to produce high-quality statistics in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.

As a key reference for this work, the Conference of European Statisticians endorsed in 2016 a recommendation for the countries of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asian (EECCA) sub-region:

  • Generic Law on Official Statistics  
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  • Explanatory Notes to support application of the recommendation 
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The generic law was developed by UNECE, jointly with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Eurostat, regional experts and with the support of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in New York. The model is based on the Fundamental Principles and tailored to the sub-region using the recommendations of Global Assessments of National Statistical Systems. This innovative tool will be useful for all countries as a reference for developing statistical legislation, and a network of experts is now extending this work to other sub-regions. Technical cooperation activities will support the EECCA countries in developing their statistical infrastructure according to the recommendation.

Activities, meetings & events

UNECE technical cooperation activities provide government officials and professionals from EECCA and South East European countries with high-level expertise in statistics. Advisory missions, training workshops and other technical cooperation activities are conducted in response to countries’ request for assistance to improve their statistical capacity.

UNECE technical cooperation activities rely on recent reviews of national statistical systems. These reviews, called Global Assessments, are conducted jointly by UNECE, Eurostat and EFTA, and provide recommendations for the further development of statistical capacities in the countries.

A Programme Working Group on Statistics (SPECA-PWGS) works in the framework of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) to coordinate statistical capacity-building programmes and promote exchange of best practices through sub-regional networks of experts.

For UNECE technical cooperation meetings, please see this page.

For more information on UNECE statistical programme and activities by domain see:

Coordination and partnership

UNECE Regional Adviser in Statistics coordinates the technical cooperation activities carried out by other professional staff of the UNECE Statistical Division, e.g. on population censuses, gender statistics, national accounts, sustainable development and implementation of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. The adviser also acts as a rapporteur to the UNECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) and the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) on technical cooperation.

Successful support to countries requires effective collaboration with other organizations active in statistics in the region, such as EurostatEFTAWorld BankOECD, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the International Labour Office (ILO), the Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS (CIS-STAT), UNSD,  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  and other multilateral and bilater organizations.

Training materials

UNECE has developed a library of training materials on statistics, which includes materials produced by UNECE and by other national and international statistical organizations to support development of statistics.

Contacts & Links

Click here to contact UNECE Statistical Division.

For links to official statistical organizations active in the UNECE region, please see this page.